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The Yellow-faced Bumble Bee is a crop farmer and gardener's best friend thanks to its ability to pollinate 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 basket depends on the color of the pollen collected. Red pollen and yellow pollen are the most common colors. Females lay eggs in abandoned rodent nests in the ground, not in trees or on buildings. This species will sting if bothered.
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.
Scientific Name: Bombus vosnesenskii
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.78in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
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.