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Bumble Bee

  • Characteristics
  • Habitat
  • Tips for Control
  • Pest Impact
The worker and queen bumble bee are all able to sting even though it doesn’t have barbs like the honey bee. Usually they do not aggress and will only sting when confronted.

They are considered endangered in many countries because of habitat damage and extreme pesticide use.

Size : 1 inches
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


They feed on flower nectar and pollen. They also convert the pollen into compounds that they can feed to their young. They can travel up to 2 km in search of these food items.
They live in colonies not exceeding 50 insects. Naturally they nest in tunnels on the ground or build wax nests on grass. They also build their nests under roof beams and attics. They will aggressively defend their nests through multiple stinging.
Because of their unpredictable stinging behaviors, their nesting areas and materials ought to be removed immediately when sighted.

A visual inspection around the home can help in spotting their colonies and nesting sites which can then be removed through by pest management professionals.
Bumble bees are welcome as flower pollinators both in the wild and for agricultural crops. 

They occasionally sting though their main concern is food and taking care of their colonies.
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