Bees and Bumble Bees
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The honey bees, apis mellifera, originally from Europe, can be found all over North America, They are a social insect living in large groups called hives. They are made up of females, called workers, who collect the nectar and pollen that feed the hive, a queen, whose sole responsibility is to lay eggs, and the males, or drones, whose only responsibility is to fertilize the queen.
The common eastern bumble bee (bombus impatiens) is a nectar feeder and likes thistles, goldenrods, pickerelweeds, and azaleas. It is medium tongued and can be found from Ontario down the eastern United States to Florida and west to Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming, from temperate forests to great plains and backyards.
Bumble Bees Can Fly
A bumble bee hovers over a pickerelweed flower (pontederai cordata) it has been gathering nectar from at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.
This particular bumble bee (bombus terricola terricola), is a nectar feeder and is also known as the yellow-banded bumble bee. It is short tongued and a nectar robber and can be found from Nova Scotia to Florida and west to British Columbia, Montana, and South Dakota.
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