Identify Types of Bees: The Bombus Bumble Bee

Bombus Bees, more commonly known as “Bumble Bees,” are the first types of bees to emerge in spring and the last to disappear in fall. Some Bombus species, however, are endangered and nearing extinction.

| November 7, 2013

  • Bumble bees are among the first bees to emerge in the spring and the last to disappear in the fall. They visit a succession of flowers from a wide variety of plants throughout the foraging season, from early-flowering willows to late-summer blooms such as goldenrod.
    Photo By David Inouye
  • Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. In "Attracting Native Pollinators," the Xerces Society offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious animals by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites while also providing specifics for identifying types of bees and other pollinating insects.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing

The Xerces Society, a nonprofit conservation organization, is a leader in the effort to conserve North America's native pollinators. Founded in 1971, the society protects insects and other invertebrates through advocacy, education, policy development and applied research projects aimed at protecting and managing critical habitat. Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey Publishing, 2011), by The Xerces Society, is a complete action plan and information guide for protecting bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites.The following excerpt comes from Part 3: Bees of North America.

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Bombus: Bumble Bees

(BOM-bus)

Family: Apidae



Subfamily: Apinae

Bumble Bees are among the most easily recognized and best-loved bees. There are nearly 50 species in North America, found primarily in temperate areas and ranging as far north as there is land.



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