Bumblebees

7 Common types of Bumblebees:

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

(text & images: Wikipedia) Bumblebees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Colonies are smaller than those of honeybees, growing to as few as 50 individuals in a nest. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals. Cuckoo bumblebees do not make nests; their queens aggressively invade the nests of other bumblebee species, kill the resident queens and then lay their own eggs which are cared for by the resident workers.

Bumblebee with pollen

Bumblebee with pollen

Bumblebees have round bodies covered in soft hair (long, branched setae), called pile, making them appear and feel fuzzy.

Like their relatives the honeybees, bumblebees feed on nectar, using their long hairy tongues to lap up the liquid; the proboscis is folded under the head during flight. Bumblebees gather nectar to add to the stores in the nest, and pollen to feed their young. They forage using colour and spatial relationships to identify flowers to feed from. Some bumblebees rob nectar, making a hole near the base of a flower to access the nectar while avoiding pollen transfer. Bumblebees are important agricultural pollinators, so their decline in Europe, North America, and Asia is a cause for concern. The decline has been caused by habitat loss, themechanisation of agriculture, and pesticides.

Tree bumblebee(Bombus_hypnorum)

Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Good article about Tree Bumblebees (Bombus Hypnorum) by Bumblebee Conservation Tree_bee_article_2015

The tree bumblebee or new garden bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) is a species of bumblebee common on the European continent and parts of Asia. It has recently spread to United Kingdom and Iceland.

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