Bumble Bee

The common name possibly comes from their rather large, clumsy appearance and/or the buzzing sound they make as they fly. In the urban setting, bumble bees do not usually nest in structures but are of concern because of their abundance around the flowering plants in yards and because they can sting.

  • Common Name: Bumble Bee
  • Scentific Name: bombus spp., Psithyrus spp.
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Apidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Adult worker body length about 1/4-1", queens about 3/4-1" long.

  • Color


    Black with yellow (rarely orange) markings. Overall fuzzy appearance, including top surface of abdomen.

  • Biology


    Bumble bees are social insects which live in nests or colonies.

  • Habit


    Defense is usually done with their smooth stingers, which can be used over and over. People sensitive to insect venom should exercise care around nests.

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