Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees

Subfamily bombinae; bombus species

Color: Black with yellow stripes
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1 inch
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Bumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants.

The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.

Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their nests in soffits of attics.

As part of their aggressive defense of their nests, bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.