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Yellow-faced Bumble Bee (Bombus vosnesenskii)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellow-faced Bumble Bee

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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.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: vosnesenskii
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Bombus vosnesenskii
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39" to 0.78")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; yellow
Descriptors: flying, helpful, stinging

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 20mm (0.8in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 15mm
Hi: 20mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Yellow-faced 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 Yellow-faced Bumble Bee. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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