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 Hunt's Bumble bee (Bombus huntii)




Hunt's Bumble bee | Bombus huntii photo
Bumble bee (Bombus huntii) and honey bee on same flower

Photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

HUNT'S BUMBLE BEE FACTS

Description
Hunt's Bumble bee is a medium sized bumble bee covered in long hairs, and mainly yellow with a broad orange band (that can appear as two bands merging together) across the second and third segments of the abdomen. The head is black with yellow hairs on the face. There is a black band on the back between the wing bases. The wings are dark smoky coloured and semi transparent.The bee is a pollinator of flowering plants.

Size
about 20mm

Environment
nests amongst grass, seen in suburban areas

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 huntii is found in western half of the United States, adjacent parts of southern Canada (southern Alberta and British Columbia), and also in Mexico.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Bombus
Species:huntii
Common Name:Hunt's Bumble bee


Relatives in same Genus
  Golden northern bumble bee (B. fervidus)
  Common Eastern Bumble Bee (B. impatiens)
  Nevada Bumblebee (B. nevadensis)
  Tricoloured Bumble Bee (B. ternarius)