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Bombus auricomus (black and gold bumble bee)



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Bombus auricomus is a long-tongued bumble bee. They have short, even hair. The cheek or malar space is longer than it is broad and the upper side of the head is usually yellow. Queens range from 22-26 mm in length, females 16-19 mm, and males 13-21 mm.

Nest Structure

Bombus auricomus nests are often found in open farmland and fields.

Activity Period

No information at this time.

Commonly Used Flower

Carduus, Cirsium, Dale, Delphinium, Echinacea, Hypericum, Monarda, Penstemon, Trifolim, Vicia

Conservation Status

Bombus auricomus is an IUCN species of least concern.


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.