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Bumble Bee

Scientific Name: Bombus sp.

Family: Apidae

Native Range:

Size: Medium – large, 10 – 23 mm (0.4 – 0.9 in)*

Nest: Colony (eusocial)*

Nesting Location: Rodent holes, leaf piles, ground*

Nest Materials: Was (nectar pots), leaves (insulation)*

Active: Spring – late fall*

Color and Appearance: Black, yellow, white or orange hair, black body; stout, furry, robust, completely hairy*

Pollen Collection: Pollen baskets on hind legs (coriculae)*

Flight Distance: ~ 1 mile, 1.6 km*

*From Heather Holm, Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Minetonka: Pollination Press, LLC, 2014., p. 264.

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