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Bombus impatiens

Common Name: Eastern Bumble Bee
Bombus impatiens
Bombus impatiens

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
Species: Bombus impatiens

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Eastern bumble bees are 3/4" long. Their body is black with a pale yellow.

Habitat & Range

Eastern bumble bees live in forests and fields throughout the US, Southern and Western Canada, and into Mexico.


Eastern bumble bees can sting, but are not aggressive. They feed off of nectar and pollen. The pollen is mixed with saliva to make honey.

Life Cycle

Queen bees will overwinter underground. When they emerge in the spring they will lay eggs. These eggs grow into the worker bees that will care for the next generation of young.

Featured image by James Dake


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