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  Bumblebee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The bumblebee is a flying insect of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae.
Like the common honeybee, of which it is a relative, the bumblebee feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young.
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterized by a fl and yellow striped body, a commonality among the majority of the species of Bombus; however, some species are known to have orange or even red on their bodies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bombus   (690 words)

 Bombus lapidarius
Bombus lapidarius is probably the most easily recognised species.
The workers have the same colouring as the queen, but they are much smaller; some of the early workers are no bigger than house flies.
It shows that a bumblebee nest is not the tidy, precise affair that a honey bee hive is. Bumblebees commonly use an old rodent nest.
www.bumblebee.org /lap.htm   (281 words)

 Bumble Bee
The native-to-Iowa bumble bee species, Bombus bimaculatus, has been used in pollinator studies at the Station since 1994.
New queens from these lab reared colonies are produced and mated, however, successfully diapausing these queens has not been entirely successful and is an area where further research is being practiced.
Bombus bimaculatus is a long-tongued species of bumble bee.
www.holoweb.com /cannon/bumblebe.htm   (833 words)

 Worker life tables, survivorship, and longevity in colonies of Bombus (Fervidobombus) atratus (Hymenoptera: Apidae)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This, according to Katayama (1996), was provided by the low foraging activity since after the death of the queen most workers tended to stay in the nest to obtain the position of predominant egg-layer.
Adult longevity of workers of the bumble bees Bombus fervidus (F.) and Bombus pennsylvanicus (De Geer) (Hymenoptera: Apidae).
Katayama, E. Survivorship curves and longevity for workers of Bombus ardens Smith and Bombus diversus Smith (Hymenoptera, Apidae).
rbt.ots.ac.cr /revistas/48-2-3/silva.html.htm   (2318 words)

 about_bombus.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
the genus Bombus in the family Apidae is the Linnean taxonomy for the common moniker, bumblebee.
Like the honeybee, of which it is a relative, Bombus feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young.
Bombus are social insects that are characterised by a fl and yellow striped body, a commonality among the majority of the species of Bombus; however, some species are known to have orange or even red on their bodies.
www.bombus.org /about.htm   (146 words)

 Gordon's Social Bees Page
Bumble Bees are the least advanced of the major groups of Eusocial Bees and their foraging is limited by the fact that they have not evolved any means of communicating information reguarding utilisable resources.
The social parasite Queen waits until her host has built the nest and raised a few workers, then she sneaks into the nest, generally she is discovered and attacked by the workers, however she has a stronger, thicker cuticle than her hosts and often remains undeterred by their attacks.
Bumble Bees are the only group of eusocial insects to initiate nectar theft, they do this by biting a hole in the base of the nectar spur or some other suitable part of the flower in order to allow themselves access to nectar from flowers they would otherwise be unable to get the nectar from.
www.earthlife.net /insects/socbees.html   (2092 words)

According to specialists the difference is in the color of the yellow bands: brownish yellow in the Earth Bumblebee, lemon yellow in the White-tailed Bumblebee and golden yellow in Bombus cryptarum.
This is the male of the White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum).
This is a drone of the rather common Four-coloured Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus sylvestris).
www.gardensafari.net /english/bumblebees.htm   (4326 words)

 Florida Nature: Bombus impatiens - Bumble Bee
Unless otherwise indicated next to the thumbnail images, all photographs were taken by Emily Earp or Josh Hillman and are copyrighted.
Bombus impatiens - This is the same queen bumble bee as in the above photo.
Bombus impatiens - This is a frontal view of the same queen bumble bee as in the above photos.
www.floridanature.org /species.asp?species=Bombus_impatiens   (122 words)

 Action plan for Bombus humilis
Bombus humilis is a brown carder bumblebee which makes its nest on the surface of the ground at the base of long vegetation, often under accumulated plant litter.
Non-native forms of Bombus used for pollination in greenhouses may be a threat, but this requires further investigation.
Encourage further research to identify the extent to which the introduction of non-native forms of Bombus used for pollination in greenhouses may be a threat to the species.
www.ukbap.org.uk /UKPlans.aspx?ID=153   (597 words)

The bees marked in August were workers and males, although it is possible that newly emerged Bombus pratorum queens were marked, as there is little difference in size between them and larger workers of the same species.
On the 24th no Bombus pascuorum were seen the entire day, whereas on the three previous days they had been foraging on Vicia sepium.
Preferences are shown, and those of Bombus pratorum and B pascuorum for Centaurea hypoleuca are quite strong, but the number of observations for all species is quite small.
www.mearns.org.uk /mrssmith/thesis/results.htm   (1448 words)

 Bee Mites: family Parasitidae (Acari): Parasitus, Parasitellus, Pergamasus Vulgarogamasus
Deutonymph of Parasitellus talparum (=Parasitus favus) (Acari: Parasitidae) ex Bombus flavifrons from Wyoming.
All species of the genus Parasitellus are obligatory associates of bumblebees (Bombus) in the Holarctic region.
This genus includes 11 species that inhabit nests of bumblebees (Bombus) in the Holarctic region (Davydova, 1988; Hyatt, 1980; Karg, 1985; Richards, 1976).
insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu /beemites/Species_Accounts/Parasitidae.htm   (2514 words)

 Vestal cuckoo bee - Bombus vestalis: More Information - ARKive
Until recently, cuckoo bumblebees were once considered to belong to a separate genus (Psithyrus) in recognition of their distinctive appearance and their behaviour as parasites in the colonies of other bumblebees.
Lately, experts have, by and large, agreed that all bumblebees belong to a single genus, Bombus, with Psithyrus as a subgenus (3).
Bombus terrestris (the great earth bumblebee) is the only known host of Bombus vestalis, and the cuckoo’s distribution reflects the predominantly southern distribution of its host in Britain (4) and, presumably also throughout its palaearctic range (2).
www.arkive.org /species/ARK/invertebrates_terrestrial_and_freshwater/Bombus_vestalis/more_info.html   (846 words)

 Zach's Bee Photos [(c) Zachary Huang], for Prints :: Bumble Bees
A bumble bee (Bombus sp, Apidae) foraing on a Caucasian inula (Inula orientalis, Asteraceae).
A bumble bee (Bombus spp, Apidae) foraging on wild marjoram (Organum vulgare, Lamiaceae).
Also called star thistle, it is a good nectar plant for bees, but the plant is considered an agressive weed because it produces allelopathic chemicals to kill other nearby plants and creating a monoculture of itself.
www.cyberbee.net /gallery/bombus   (182 words)

 Changes to plant-pollinator associations caused by bumblebees   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The complete genus Bombus was nominated, however, the only species that currently occurs in Australia is the Large Earth Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris.
Further, given Australia's strict importation and quarantine regulations, under which applications for import of exotic species must prove minimal environmental impact, listing an exotic species which is not present in Australia as a key threatening process would not further the aims of the EPBC Act in protecting Australian biodiversity.
Bombus terrestris densities can be highly variable; and the adoption of a precautionary approach, under criteria (b) may seem justified, as the process could cause listed vertebrate and plant species to become eligible for listing in a higher category.
www.deh.gov.au /biodiversity/threatened/nominations/bumblebees.html   (3869 words)

 IEE - Ecology & Evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Widmer A., Schmid-Hempel P., Estoup A., Scholl A. Phylogeography and population differentiation of Bombus terrestris s.l.
Shykoff, J.A. and Müller, C.B. Reproductive decisions in bumble-bee colonies: the influence of worker mortality in Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera, Apidae).
Schmid-Hempel, P., Schmid-Hempel, R. Transmission of a pathogen in Bombus terrestris, with a note on division of labour in social insects.
www.eco.ethz.ch /publication.html   (5106 words)

OVERVIEW: This extension is designed to engage the student in a practical investigation of the importance of a native species.
Scientists and other Bombus observers are concerned about environmental factors that may impact the bumblebee.
Within the remnants of tallgrass prairie there may be answers to some of the most puzzling questions of the medical community.
www.ncrel.org /mands/FERMI/prairie/Franzen/teacher.html   (1336 words)

 God of Insects - Museum: Bombus bimaculatus (top) & Bombus vagans (bottom)
Bombus vagans alone is responsible for the continued existence of several species of rare, sometimes endangered, U.S. flowers.
Bumblebees are especially important as pollinators in the north, where they fly in cooler and damper conditions more often than other bees.
There are about 50 species and subspecies of Bombus found in North America.
godofinsects.com /museum/display.php?sid=1397   (382 words)

 Bee and Pollination Links:
Bumble Boosters is a cooperative project of the University of Nebraska Department of Entomology, the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program, and the Folsom Children's Zoo.
Oddly, many of the Bombus photos are of European species.
Engaging and challenging exploration of the physiological ecology of Bombus.
www.uakron.edu /biology/mitchell/bees.html   (1137 words)

 Vestal cuckoo bee - Bombus vestalis - ARKive
Lately, experts have, by and large, agreed that all bumblebees belong to a single genus, Bombus, with Psithyrus as a subgenus.
Cuckoo bees are similar in appearance to bumblebees, but they have a softer ‘buzz’, indeed Psithyrus means ‘murmuring’ as opposed to ‘Bombus’, which means ‘booming’.
Other differences include the lack of pollen baskets on the legs and a sparser coat of hairs, through which the shiny fl cuticle can easily be seen.
www.arkive.org /species/ARK/invertebrates_terrestrial_and_freshwater/Bombus_vestalis   (134 words)

 Books, papers, links/TITLE>
Bombus hortorum is rather similar in colouring to B.
The main, and easiest to spot, difference is that B.
If it has to be moved outdoors then the container must be weatherproof and placed in a south-facing sheltered spot.
www.bumblebee.org /hort.htm   (374 words)

 Bumblebees; Bombus, Psithyrus; Cuckoo bumble bees
Bumblebees are a popular and relatively well studied group.
The Bombus site of The Natural History Museum, London, lists 238 species among over 2,800 scientific names that have been used at one point or another to describe their diversity.
Bombus, Psithyrus and Apis distribution in Eastern US
www.discoverlife.org /nh/tx/Insecta/Hymenoptera/Apoidea/Apidae/Bombus   (514 words)

 Bumblebees in Shetland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
(Bombus muscorum agricolae) is a form that occurs in both Shetland and the Western Isles.
Bumblebees are not just a colourful part of our insect fauna, they are important pollinators of certain plant species and, in Shetland, may be a useful indicator of general environmental quality.
Bombus distinguendus has an abdomen which is brownish-yellow all over (i.e.
www.wildlife.shetland.co.uk /sbrc/bumblebees.html   (810 words)

Protocols for assessing susceptibility of native Bombus species are also needed.
Goal of study: To provide information leading to the understanding of Bombus species decline in the western United States and in other regions of North America.
We will identify other potential Bombus species, both those in decline and those that do not appear to be declining, for testing.
www.life.uiuc.edu /scameron/research/biodiversity&conservation/nosema/nosema.html   (803 words)

 Key to the Bombus of Evergreen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This key is for the females of the genus Bombus known from The Evergreen State College campus, in Olympia, Washington.
Click here to confirm that your specimen is a female Bombus.
Click here to learn more about variation in Bombus morphology within a species.
www.evergreen.edu /ants/TESCBiota/kingdom/animalia/phylum/arthropoda/class/insecta/order/hymenoptera/family/apidae/bombus/key.htm   (392 words)

Bombus griseocollis, B. bimaculatus, and Bombus nevadensis auricormis appear to be rarer.
Bombus variabilis was classified as Psithyrus variabilis in Mitchell's book.
Apidae: Bombus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus De G. County Records: Alachua, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Miami-Dade (From Milliron); Baker, Columbia, Leon, Wakulla (Pascarella unpub.
chiron.valdosta.edu /jbpascar/floridabees/bombini.htm   (992 words)

 SF Bombus
My research investigates the Bombus community in San Francisco.
I am looking at bumblebees in parks with the goal of detecting what types of parks are home to the highest diversity of bumblebees.
If you are interested in monitoring bumblebees in your backyard please e-mail me at sfbee@sfsu.edu
userwww.sfsu.edu /~sfbee   (92 words)

 Bee mites: Genus Pneumolaelaps (Laelapidae), Pneumolaelaps aequalipilus, Pneumolaelaps connieae, Pneumolaelaps costai, ...
Qinghailaelaps marmotae, the type species of the genus Qinghailaelaps Gu and Yang, 1984 has been described from Marmota himalayana (Hodgson, 1841) (Rodentia: Sciuridae); another species of this genus, Qinghailaelaps gui Bai, 1992, was found phoretic on a bumblebee (Bombus).
Because the genus-level characters of Qinghailaelaps correspond to those of Pneumolaelaps, we consider the former as a junior synonym.
Bombus (Fervidobombus) pensylvanicus (DeGeer, 1773) (as americanorum) (type host); Bombus (Fervidobombus) fervidus (Fabricius, 1798) (as californicus); Bombus (Psithyrus) variabilis (Cresson, 1872).
insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu /beemites/Species_Accounts/Pneumolaelaps.htm   (1591 words)

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