Bee Spotlight: The Bumblebee

Learn about This Adorable Bee

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The bumblebee is arguably the least intimidating-looking bee of the bunch, and dare we say it–adorable. There are over 250 species of this bee in the northern hemisphere alone. While it looks harmless, is it? How do you identify it? And are they important? Find out.

Spotlight: The Bumblebee

Appearance: This bee has four wings, with the rear wings smaller than the ones you’ll find in the front. The bumblebees you’ll likely see are yellow and black with thick bodies and many hairs. Their wings flap very fast, which is why you’ll hear the familiar buzzing when they’re around.

Behavior: Bumblebees are social insects that live in colonies. The queen bee lays hundreds of eggs, and male drones fertilize a receptive queen. Worker bees are in charge of the other tasks the nest needs to thrive.

Threat Level: You might be surprised to learn that bumblebees do sting. The workers and queen have smooth stingers, so they can sting multiple times. While they do have the ability to sting, they likely won’t if you see them buzzing from flower to flower. They will, however, defend their nest, so be wary when you see one.

Importance: Bumblebees are very important for the world; they are valuable pollinators. Their hair helps the pollen stick to their bodies. In addition to harvesting pollen, they also harvest nectar.

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