Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee (Bombus vosnesenskii)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee.
Updated: 8/8/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Common Name: Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Scientific Name: Bombus vosnesenskii
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.78in)
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
Additional Identifiers: flying, helpful, stinging
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.