What is a Bumblebee?

Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees

 

Bumblebees are considered to be beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. They are very social bees and live in large "families". 

Unlike honeybees, bumblebees can sting more than once because their stingers are smooth and do not get caught in the skin when they fly away.

 

  • Size: 1"
  • Shape: Oval, bee shaped
  • Color: Black with yellow stripes
  • Legs: 6
  • Wings: Yes
  • Antenna: Yes
  • Common Name: Bumble bee
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Apidae
  • Species: Bombus

 

Diet:

Worker bees gather both pollen and nectar from flowers to feed to the larvae and other members of the colony.

 

Habitat:

Bumblebees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nests in attics or under roof beams. If disturbed, bumblebees will buzz in a loud volume, and they will aggressively defend their nests.

 

Impact:

As part of the aggressive defense of their nests, bumblebees will chase nest invaders for long distances. The bumblebee sting is one of the most painful stings. Swelling and irritation can last for days after you are actually stung.

 

Prevention:

  • Bumblebees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential nesting materials.
  • Because bumblebees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised not to address the infestation themselves. A pest management professional or beekeeper should be called in to help.

Find information on bumble bee pest control at the official NPMA website.