Wisconsin Native Bumble Bees

Exerpted from: Bumble Bees of Wisconsin

Bumble bee pollinating a foxglove plant.

Bumble bees are important pollinators that usher in the start of spring and remind us of bright, warm summer days.

In recent years, several of the species that occur in Wisconsin and the Midwest have been in decline. A host of factors including loss of flowers, expanding agriculture, diseases and parasites, as well as altered weather patterns have all taken their toll on these essential insects.

This guide serves as a quick reference for all bumble bee species in Wisconsin. You can click on the species name on the left to learn more about each species including where it’s found, the common color morphs you are likely to see, as well as the flowers that are preferred forage.

There might actually be a useful purpose for having a favorite color — at least if you're a bumble bee. Bumblebees prefer violet-colored native flowers to other available blooms

Identity your Bumble Bee by matching it to one of the Bumble Bee species pictures below.

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