Scientific Name: Bombus spp., Psithyrus spp.
Color: Black with yellow stripes
Shape: Oval; bee shape
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.)