Bombus ternarius - Tri-colored Bumble Bee

  • This bee is commonly found in the north eastern part of the United States west to North Dakota, and up into the Canadian Great Plains.
  • Bumble bees are social insects with annual colonies; a queen typically lives for one year and will die off with all her workers at the end of the season while a new queen overwinters in the ground.
  • These bees are capable of “buzz pollination,” a process where the bee uses her flight muscles to vigorously shake her entire body which causes the flower to release more pollen.
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Taxonomic Name: 
Bombus ternarius
Common Name: 
Tri-colored Bumble Bee