Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus (BOM-bus) (Info)
Species: impatiens


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Malvern, Arkansas (2 reports)
Piggott, Arkansas
Rail Road Flat, California
Algonquin, Illinois
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Halifax, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Warren, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Marietta, Mississippi
Howard Beach, New York
New York City, New York
Nunda, New York
Suffern, New York
Arden, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Albion, Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Crossville, Tennessee
Lufkin, Texas
Spring, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On May 30, 2011, dawnsharon2001 from New York, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wait, what? The bumblebees are damaging your flowers? What are you growing?


On May 30, 2011, suzebrown from New York, NY wrote:

Bumble bees are a menace to me on my high city terrace. Their incessant guzzling destroys my carefully nurtured flowers.


On Aug 20, 2010, PuddlePirate from North Ridgeville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

After a few years of rarely seeing these guys, they seem to be rebounding around here. I certainly hope so; I've been planting native wildflowers to attract them.


On Jun 15, 2009, VA_Wild_Rose from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Non-agressive visitor to the garden... can be found sipping nectar from a variety of summer flowers, including cleome, duranta, and lavendar. One look at this little worker let's you know where the saying "busy as a bee" came from!


On May 14, 2009, librarygarden from Arlington Heights, IL wrote:

Contrary to popular belief, bumblebees DO sting, but only if provoked (like stepping on them, oops). Fortunately, they're easy to see, and aren't the least bit aggressive. They seem to really like hyssop and are fascinating to watch.


On Apr 14, 2009, spring_luver from Malvern, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

LOL I grew up calling these Yellow jackets :) My husband informed me (haughtily I might add) 2 years ago that these are NOT yellow jackets they are bumblebees.... Yellow jackets are wasps he says!! Well, I now know they are bumblees but I still call them Yellow Jackets! Teehee guess its my stubborn streak!! Oh and these LOVE my Ajuga when they bloom!!!!!!


On Jul 25, 2008, mpfenning_3 from Suffern, NY wrote:

These wonderful Bumble Bees are a pleasure to watch as they visit flowers in the garden. They like monarda flowers but seem to be absolutely crazy for catnip. Dozens visit my stand of catnip all day long. If you want to help out these champions, I recommend a stand of catnip. Be warned, as a member of the mint family, catnip can be invasive.