Bumble bees – sometimes also known as humble-bees – are known for their fuzzy bodies, bumbling flight patterns, and droning noise they create while flying. They are typically black and yellow (sometimes orange) and are about 1 inch long.
A distinct relative of the honey bee, bumble bees are one of the most popular and efficient pollinators due to their fuzzy bodies that help to collect pollen. Bumble bees’ increased resistance to weather makes them ideal for helping to pollinate many flowers, fruit, and vegetable crops.
Like most bees, they collect nectar and pollen to store in their hives. Bumble bee hives are typically found in pre-existing holes in the ground, such as those made by rodents. However, it is not unusual to find them in other areas like wood piles, hay bales, sheds, crawl spaces, and even the occasional attic.