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Species Bombus sylvicola - Forest Bumble Bee

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Bombini (Bumble Bees)
Genus Bombus (Bumble Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Pyrobombus)
Species sylvicola (Forest Bumble Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Kirby, 1837
Explanation of Names
Sylvicola is Latin for inhabiting woods.
Size
Appears relatively large, in part due to its shaggy coat.
Identification
Hair coat long and shaggy with the yellow tending towards a grayish hue and the red typically dark (not orangey). Females have a black face with only a small pale spot of hairs on the lower face whereas in bifarius and huntii the face usually has mostly pale hairs. The interalar band is broader than in B. huntii and extends further posteriorly in a notch, but this notch does not extend to the rear of the segment (unlike bifarius) and is somewhat obscured by surrounding long pale hairs.
Range
A northern species typical of the northern forests of Canada and the higher mountains of western North America. Unknown from the northeastern United States (putative records are surely misdetermined).
Food
The Hosts section of its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.