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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Bumblebee
Class:Insecta Order:Hymenoptera Family:Apidae Genus:Bombus


Bumblebee, Bombus, various species. These fuzzy bees are covered in hair called 'pile'. They can be striped in yellow and black, or even reds and oranges, or all black. Bumblebee stingers don't have barbs, like a honeybee, so they can sting repeatedly without damage to themselves...but don't wory, they are typically not aggressive unless threatened. An interesting tidbit about bumblebees -the buzzing noise they make as they whizz by does not come from the movement of the wings, but the vibrations of its muscles! I bravely went through my "Bumblebee" images and paired out what I thought were the Carpenter Bee shots. I used the Carpenter Bee's shiny black abdomen and hairy band as the key distinction. I was surprised by how few pictures I had of proper Bumblebees.

All species pages are currently being updated with more useful descriptions and information.

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