Bumble Bees

Subfamily bombinae; bombus species

Color: Black with yellow stripes
Legs: 6
Shape Oval; bee shape
Size 1 inch
Antennae Yes
Region Found throughout U.S.

Overview

Bumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants.

Habits

The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.

Habitats

Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nests in soffits of attics.

Threats

As part of their aggressive defense of their nests, bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.

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