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Golden Northern Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidas)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Golden Northern Bumble Bee.


 Updated: 5/29/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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The industrious Golden Northern Bumble Bee is a fuzzy, buzzing, picture-perfect, honey-making machine.





The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across the mostly yellow thorax and the abdomen is nearly all yellow with the exception of the very tip, which is black. White coloring is also present to the keen observer.

The Golden Northern Bumble Bee is a relatively large species and includes both worker and drone bees along with a queen bee in their hive structure. All members of the hive die in winter except for the queen. She alone emerges in the spring and begins building brood cells and laying eggs. This queen will die at the end of the autumn and one of her daughters, a new queen, will take over. Other mated daughters will overwinter and establish new hives in the spring.

Hives are built in the ground. Cells are made of beeswax and are built to store eggs. Larvae hatch in the cells and eat the honey that was made by the adults and stored for them.

Adults are extremely good pollinators and are a benefit to have around in the garden. They have pollen baskets (open pouches) on their hindlegs for collecting pollen grains that will eventually become honey, though it is not the same kind of honey that is made by honeybees and consumed by humans. Adult Golden Northern Bumble Bees drink flower nectar and eat from their supply of honey.
Basic Information
Common Name: Golden Northern Bumble Bee
Other Name(s): Bumble Bee
Scientific Name: Bombus fervidas
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 23mm (0.39in to 0.90in)
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Identifying Colors: black; gray; yellow; white
Additional Descriptors: flying, helpful




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
Species: fervidas


Ant, Bee and Wasp Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of both a bee and an ant insect
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Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
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Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
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Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
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Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
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Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.


Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Golden Northern Bumble Bee may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
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