Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees have yellow hair on the head and face as well as a single yellow band on the abdomen. Huge pollen baskets on their legs are open pouches, waiting to be stuffed with flower pollen. The color of the baskets depend on the color of the pollen collected. Red pollen (see photos) and yellow pollen are the most common colors.
The Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee is adept at visiting a variety of plants, pollinating them as they go. They can be seen working in fields, greenhouses and gardens. They are also found in parks, open fields and other wide, airy spaces.
Females lay eggs in abandoned rodent nests in the ground, not in trees or on buildings. This species will sting if bothered.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Scientific Name: Bombus vosnesenskii
Adult Size (Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.79in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
General Description: flying, helpful, stinging
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.