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 Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)




Common Eastern Bumble Bee | Bombus impatiens photo
Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) on Rhododendron in Archbald, PA.

Photograph by Anv24. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Common Eastern Bumble Bee | Bombus impatiens photo
Bombus impatiens

Photograph by Gilles Gonthier. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

COMMON EASTERN BUMBLE BEE FACTS

Description
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.

Size
about 20mm

Environment
open fields, woodland, farmland, parks and gardens from cold temperate areas to the subtropics.

Food
adult bees feed on nectar, larvae feed on pollen

Breeding
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.

Range
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.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Bombus
Species:impatiens
Common Name:Common Eastern Bumble Bee


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)