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Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)
Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) on Rhododendron in Archbald, PA.
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COMMON EASTERN BUMBLE BEE FACTSDescription
As its name suggests the Common Eastern Bumble Bee is the most commonly seen bumble bee in eastern North America. It has a black head, black legs, yellow thorax, and mainly black abdomen with some yellow at the front part of the abdomen (on the first one or two segments). Queen bees grow to about 20mm and workers grow to about 15mm long. It forms colonies that are larger than average for Bombus species. The bee is an important pollinator and is also used as a pollinator in indoor greenhouses.
open fields, woodland, farmland, parks and gardens from cold temperate areas to the subtropics.
adult bees feed on nectar, larvae feed on pollen
The queen bee lays eggs inside the nest. The eggs hatch into larvae which feed inside the nest until they pupate and emerge as adult bees.
Bombus impatiens is found in south eastern Canada (Ontario) and eastern half of the United States. It has been introduced to California and also in British Columbia in Canada, and in Mexico.
Relatives in same Genus
Golden northern bumble bee (B. fervidus)
Hunt's Bumble bee (B. huntii)
Nevada Bumblebee (B. nevadensis)
Tricoloured Bumble Bee (B. ternarius)