The Bumblebee

The Bumblebee is a class of insect typically found in regions with temperate climates and higher altitudes. Over 250 species exist, inhabiting many parts of the world, including South America, Europe, New Zealand, Tasmania and the United States. The majority of species form colonies, consisting of a single queen and up to 50 individuals. Most species share similar physical features, such as plump and furry bodies. Subtle differences exist among species. Biologists use color patterns to recognize particular bumblebees. Bumblebees feed on the nectar of flowers illustrating the bee pollination syndrome. A long, hairy, tongue-like extension called a proboscis collects the nectar. Bumblebees will continually forage on the same group of flowers as long as they produce nectar. Bees also play an essential role in agriculture, pollinating a variety of crops and flora. Regarding pollinators, bumblebees have become a popular choice in agricultural production. Unlike buzz pollinators, bees can pollinate tomatoes and other plants grown in greenhouses.