Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee - (Bombus vosnesenskii)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/8/2014

The Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee is a crop farmer and gardener's best friend, pollinating all sorts of fruits and vegetables.

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.

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Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Scientific Name: Bombus vosnesenskii

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Hymenoptera
      Family: Apidae
       Genus: Bombus
        Species: vosnesenskii

Adult Size (Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.79in)

Identifying Colors: black; yellow

Additional Descriptors: 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.