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 Nevada Bumblebee (Bombus nevadensis)




Nevada Bumblebee | Bombus nevadensis photo
Bumble bee (Bombus nevadensis) male guarding territory

Photograph by Howard Ensign Evans, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

NEVADA BUMBLEBEE FACTS

Description
The Nevada Bumblebee is a North American bee with a yellow thorax that has a bare black spot in the middle, and mainly yellow abdomen with black tip at the "tail end". Females have an all black head, but males have yellow on the face and top of the head. This bee is an important pollinator of plants such as red clover. The bees form colony in a nest that is usually underground. The queen bees survive the winter under the soil litter, but the other bees die at the end of the season.

Size
queen grows to about 20mm, workers to 17mm and males to 14mm

Environment
woodland and farmland

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 nevadensis is found in western north America from Alaska to California and east as far as the Great Lakes.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Bombus
Species:nevadensis
Common Name:Nevada Bumblebee


Relatives in same Genus
  Golden northern bumble bee (B. fervidus)
  Hunt's Bumble bee (B. huntii)
  Common Eastern Bumble Bee (B. impatiens)
  Tricoloured Bumble Bee (B. ternarius)