Bumble Bee, Bombus disambiguation

Bumble Bee, Bombus disambiguation Bumble Bees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Bumble Bees feed on nectar, using their long hairy tongues to lap up the liquid; the proboscis is folded under the head during flight. Bumble Bees gather nectar to add to the stores in the nest, and pollen to feed their young. They forage using colour and spatial relationships to identify flowers to feed from. Some Bumble Bees rob nectar, making a hole near the base of a flower to access the nectar while avoiding pollen ransfer.

Bumble Bees form colonies of between roughly 50 and 400 individuals. Many species nest underground and avoiding places that receive direct sunlight which could result in overheating. Other species make nests above ground, whether in thick grass or in holes in trees. The workers remove dead bees or larvae from the nest and deposit them outside the nest entrance, helping to prevent disease. Nests in temperate regions last only for a single season and do not survive the winter

Habitat: Woodland, gardens and orchards
Development: Complete metamorphosis
Food: Herbivore
Flight Period: All summer
Description: Plump and densely furry. They have aposematic(warning) coloration, often consisting of contrasting bands of colour.
Length: 11 - 16 mm

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Bumble Bee Identification Guide
Wisconsin Native Bees Identification Guide
Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin
Bumble Bees of Wisconsin
Wild Native Bee Nest Boxes

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