Bumblebee

Actual Size: ¾” –  1”

Characteristics: Hairy body, black usually with yellow or white bands

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Often nest in the ground but also in soffits or attics. They can be seen around patio areas or decks.

Habits:

  • They defend their nests aggressively and can chase intruders
  • A bumble bee sting is considered to be one of the most painful stings
  • Live in smaller groups than honey bees

Bumblebees in El Paso TX and Anthony NM

Bumblebees are known for their larger, round, fuzzy bodies. They also have shorter wings than many flying insects. They do not produce honey, but they are considered to be important pollinators. There are more than 250 species of bumblebees and they can come in many sizes. Their wings are said to beat 130 times per second. This beating vibrates flowers until they release pollen, which is called buzz pollination. This is what helps plants produce more fruit.

Bumblebee Nests

Bumblebees are found all over the world. They tend to build their nests near the ground, often under piles of wood, dead leaves, and compost piles. Occasionally, they will even nest underground in abandoned tunnels and the like. Here in El Paso, they’re often found in cavities beneath patio stones, landscaping timber, and more. Bumblebees will also occupy abandoned birds nests and can be found nesting near patios, roofing, decks, and more.

Bumblebee Habits & Dangers

Bumblebees are peaceful insects and only sting when provoked. Most stings happen when their nest is disturbed. Only female bumblebees sting and unlike honey bees, they can sting more than once. Bumblebees can sting multiple times, but they do not form swarms like honey bees. The pain from a bumblebee sting is less painful than a honey bee sting, however, a sting can be dangerous if it occurs on the head or neck, or if an individual is allergic to their venom.

If you are dealing with a bumblebee problem, always contact your local bee control company.