Bumble Bees

  • Color: Striped black and yellow or orange, brighter colored than honey bees.
  • Size: 3/4 inch.
  • Feed on: Bumble bees feed on nectar and pollen from plants they pollinate. They also produce honey from this nectar to feed their young.
  • Found in: Bumble bees usually nest on the ground in clumps of dry grass, old bird nests, abandoned rodent burrows, under abandoned buildings, even in car cushions or old furniture.
  • The Sting: This bee can be aggressive around nesting sites but rarely when foraging. Problems can occur when nests are close to human activity.
  • Characteristics: Bumble bee colonies generally have fewer bees than do honey bee colonies. Most colonies contain only a few hundred bees
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