common eastern bumble bee

(Bombus impatiens)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

common eastern bumble bee

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N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

March to November

Habitat

Clearings in forests, roadsides, open areas, suburbs, urban areas.

Size

Queen: to 13 16

Worker: 5 16 to

Male: ½ to

          Photo by Bill Reynolds

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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 29.


Comments

This is the most common bumble bee in North America.

Taxonomy
Some authors separate bumble bees and orchid bees into a the subfamily Bombinae. NCBI34 follows this classification. Other authors follow Michener (2007)35 and include those groups in the subfamily Apinae with the bumble bees and honey bees.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

Infraorder:

Aculeata

 

Superfamily:

Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)

 

Family:

Apidae (bumble bees, honey bees, and stingless bees)

 

Subfamily:

Apinae (honey, bumble, long-horned, orchid, and digger bees)

 

Tribe:

Bombini

 

Genus:

Bombus (bumble bees)

 

Subgenus:

Pyrobombus

 
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Common
Names

common eastern bumble bee


Bumble Bee or Bumblebee?

In common usage the word bumblebee is written at least as often as the as the term bumble bee. In scientific usage, however, there is a “correct” form. The rule is: if the second part of the term accurately reflects the organism’s identity then it should stand alone. If it does not, then it should be concatenated. In short, “If true, then two.”

The Entomological Society of America follows the convention suggested by R. E. Snodgrass, author of Anatomy of the Honey Bee, when assigning common names to insects. Snodgrass states, “If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddisfly and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an dandelion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; ‘honeybee’ is equivalent to ‘Johnsmith.’”

Bumble Bee Identification

Elaine Evans, a PhD candidate in the Department on Entomology at the University of Minnesota, the University of MN Bee Lab, and BefriendingBumblebees.com have published a handy identification chart of Minnesota bumble bees. Handy, that is, for entomologists. Indispensable for amateur naturalists in Minnesota or anyone wanting to identify the bumble bee in their photo. Click on the images below to download the PDFs.

 

Guide to MN Bumble Bees I
(Females)

Guide to MN Bumble Bees I (Females)

 

 

Guide to MN Bumble Bees II
(Males)

Guide to MN Bumble Bees II (Males)

 

       

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Uploaded on Jun 29, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (28 June 2009). "Somethings that fly there be, -- Birds, hours, the bumble-bee: / Of these no elegy." --Emily Dickinson

 
     
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  Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Apidae: Bombus impatiens) on Blossom
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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (12 July 2009). "Bees are Black, with Gilt Surcingles-- / Buccaneers of Buzz / Ride abroad in ostentation / And subsist on Fuzz." --Emily Dickinson

 
     

 

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