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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

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

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee is a hairy insect that 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 immediately sets out to build brood cells and lay eggs in them. 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 their own new hives in the spring.

Adults are extremely good pollinators and are a real 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 widely-consumed honey that is made by honeybees. Unlike smaller Honeybees, Golden Northern Bumble Bees do not store gallons of honey for sustenance through the winter and into the next spring, so the small amount they make it not worth trying to harvest. Adult Golden Northern Bumble Bees drink flower nectar and eat from their supply of honey as they make it. The Golden Northern Bumble Bee hive is built in the ground, not in trees or other elevated areas. Cells are made of beeswax and are built to store eggs. Larvae hatch inside the cells and eat honey that was made by the adults and stored just for them.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

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

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Bombus fervidas
Other Name(s): Bumble Bee
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 23mm (0.39" to 0.90")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; gray; yellow; white
Descriptors: flying; helpful

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 23mm (0.9in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 16.5mm
Hi: 23mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above 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 is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects 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. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Golden Northern Bumble Bee. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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