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Bumble beeBumble Bees

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Scientific Name: Bombus spp., Psithyrus spp.
Color: Black with yellow stripes
Legs: Six
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1"
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Bumble bees are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. Bumble bees can be found in all 50 states. When disturbed in its nest, a bumblebee will buzz loudly. The common name likely comes from this behavior and the buzzing sound they make as they fly. 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 ness in soffits of attics. A mature bumble bee nest may contain 50-400 bees. Bumble bees may travel up to 3 miles searching for nectar.

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.

Bumble bees can be prevented through inspection of potential nesting areas and removal of potential harborage materials. Because bumble bees will sting when threatened, homeowners are advised not to address the infestation themselves.

(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)