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Bombus vagans (half-black bumble bee)



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Bombus vagans has a long face, usually with black hairs and yellow at the base of the antennae. The first two abdominal segments are yellow and the remainder is bloack.

Nest Structure

Both above and below ground, frequently in forests, wetlands, or shaded areas.

Activity Period

Early spring.

Commonly Used Flower

Aster, Chelone, Cirsium, Impatiens, Lonicera, Monarda, Prunella, Solidago, Trifolium, Vicia, Viola

Conservation Status

IUCN species of least concern


Laverty, T. and L. D. Harder. 1988. The bumble bees of eastern Canada. Canadian Entomologist 120: 965-987.
Williams, P., Thorp, R., Richardson, L., & Colla, S. (2014). Bumble bees of North America : An identification guide. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Minnesota Record Map

These data are from the Minnesota Bee Atlas project.