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Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view
Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view (Pictures of Bumblebees)


Bumblebees (Bombus)
Bumblebees (Bombus) are a genus of social bees (Apiformes). Since these Hymenoptera have a sting for defence, they belong to the stinging bees (Aculeata). There are approximately 250 species of bumblebees. They live mainly in the temperate and cooler areas of the northern hemisphere. There is a particularly large variety of species in Europe and Asia; In Europe there are approximately 70 species, 36 of which can be found in Germany.
Bumblebee (Bombus)
Bumblebee (Bombus) (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Examples of European bumblebee species are: Bombus argillaceus, Bombus jonellus, Bombus subterranus, Bombus veteranus, Bombus alpinis, Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), Bombus pomorum, Bombus pascuorum and Bombus sicheli. 16 species of bumblebees are currently threatened with extinction.
Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow
Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow (Pictures of Bumblebees)
The queen bee is 15 to 23 mm in length, while the, workers and drones are approximately 8 to 21 mm. Bumblebees have a strong rounded body, comprising head, thorax and abdomen. They are protected from the cold by hair which is mostly yellow, white or black in color. The colouring of the bumblebee varies from type to type. Bumblebees eat using a proboscis, which can vary in length. They have one pair of compound eyes , antennae and six legs.
Shrill Carder-bee side view
Shrill Carder-bee side view (Pictures of Bumblebees)
A colony of bumblebees can consist of up to 600 insects with a queen. The majority of bumblebees are workers who live beside the male drones and young queens. In Europe bumblebees survive only one summer. Drones and workers have a life expectancy of 3 to 4 weeks, while a queen lives for approximately 1 year, during which time it hibernates for 8 months. There are, among bumblebees, socially parasitic species (Cuckoo bumblebees) which leave their eggs in the nests of fellows and let the fellows care for their breed. The larvae of the cuckoo bumblebees danger the fellows’ own breeds since they eat the eggs and larvae. These species have no workers.
Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee
Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Bumblebees - as well as bees (Apiformes) in general and flies (Brachycera) - are among the most important crop pollinators. Some of the most important natural enemies of bumblebees are: Cuckoo bumblebees, Anthidium manicatum, Mutilla and thick-headed flies(Conopidae).
Bumblebee fights a blossom
Bumblebee fights a blossom (Pictures of Bumblebees)
Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching
Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching (Pictures of Bumblebees)

Species1.850
Common namesBumble bees, Bumblebees, Humble bees, Bumblebee, Variably banded bumble bee
German namesHummeln und Kuckuckshummeln, Hummeln
Dutch namesHommels
Danish namesHumlebi
Finnish namesKimalaiset
Norwegian namesHumler
Swedish namesHumlor
AuthorLatreille, 1802
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Links and ReferencesBombus in faunaeur.org
Bombus in itis.gov
Bombus in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Bumblebees"
- Bombus pascuorum
- Red-tailed bumblebee
- Buff-tailed bumblebee
- Shrill Carder-bee
- Bombus veteranus
- Garden bumblebee
- Early bumblebee
- Brown-banded carder bee
- Large carder bee
- Cryptic Bumble Bee
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1. Bombus pascuorum on blossom - Front view
2. Bumblebee (Bombus)
3. Bumblebee on grass feeding from pussy willow
4. Shrill Carder-bee side view
5. Bumblebee - Red-tailed bumblebee
6. Bumblebee fights a blossom
7. Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum on Blossom, hoverfly approaching
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderApocrita
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
InfraorderAculeata
Stinging wasps
SuperfamilyApoidea
Solitary Bees, Social Bees, Apoid Wasps, Bees, Sphecoid wasps
GroupApiformes
Bees
FamilyApidae
Stingless bees, Honey bees, Euglossines, Bumble bees, Cuckoo Bees, Carpenter Bees, Digger Bees, Long-tongued Bees
SubfamilyApinae
Honey bees, Stingless bees, Orchid bees, Bumble Bees, Long-horned Bees, Digger Bees
TribeBombini
Bumblebees, Bumble Bees
GenusBombus
Bumble bees, Bumblebees, Humble bees, Bumblebee, Variably banded bumble bee
AuthorLatreille, 1802
 
Synonyms
Bremus (Panzer, 1804)
Calyptapis (Cockerell, 1906)
Chromobombus (Dalla Torre, 1880)
Leucobombus (Dalla Torre, 1880)
Psithyrus (Saaristo & Tanasevitch, 2004)
Pyrrhobombus (Dalla Torre, 1882)
Terrestribombus (Vogt, 1911)
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