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Early Bumblebee

Quick facts

Common name: Bumblebee

Scientific name: Bombus

Length: 1.5-2.5cms

Weight:  up to 0.60g

Colour:  usually black with broad yellow or orange bands

Average lifespan: 28 days

Origin: Native

Information

  • You can also tell whether a bumblebee is male or female by looking at its legs. If you see a shiny flattish looking segment on the back legs (called a pollen basket) or a big clump of pollen on a this area then it is a female bee because male bees do not collect pollen.

  • They often nest in the ground, commonly in deserted bird or mouse nests. Bombus species are social bees; i.e., they live in organized groups.

  • Bumblebees will not die if they use their sting, whereas honey bees will.