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> 250 species and subspecies
A *bumblebee* is any member of the bee genus /Bombus/, in the family
Apidae. There are over 250 known species,^ existing primarily in the
Northern Hemisphere although they also occur in South America. They have
been introduced to New Zealand and the Australian state of Tasmania.
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow
body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on
their bodies, or may be entirely black.^ Another obvious (but not
unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched
setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and
feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by
the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula: a
shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs
used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely
hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather
pollen to feed their young.
· 1 Biology
· 1.1 Habitat
· 1.2 Nests
· 1.3 Colony cycle
· 1.4 Foraging behaviour
· 1.5 Cuckoo bumblebees
· 1.6 Reproduction
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