Bumble Bees

Subfamily bombinae; bombus species
Pest Stats
Color: Black with yellow stripes
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval; bee shape
Size: 1"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Bumblebees are considered a beneficial insect because they pollinate crops and plants, however, they can sting.

Habits

The occupant of a disturbed bumble bee nest will buzz in a loud volume. They defend their nests aggressively.



Habitat

Bumble bees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. They will sometimes build their ness in soffits of attics.



Threats

As part of their aggressive defense of their nests, bumble bees will chase nest invaders for a considerable distance. The bumble bee sting is one of the most painful. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting more than once.