Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information about the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Species Bombus nevadensis - Nevada Bumble Bee

Bee? - Bombus nevadensis - male Bumblebee - Bombus nevadensis - female Bombus nectaring on Monarda fistulosa - Bombus nevadensis NM Bee - Bombus nevadensis NM Bee - Bombus nevadensis NM Bee - Bombus nevadensis  what kind of very large and loud Bombus?  28 mm - Bombus nevadensis - female Bumble Bee or mimic? - Bombus nevadensis - male
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 Bombias)
Species nevadensis (Nevada Bumble Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bombus auricomus of eastern North America has often been considered a subspecies. A putative subspecies miguelensis is of uncertain status.
Explanation of Names
Author: Cresson, 1874. The name refers to the type locality.
Very large
Females resemble Bombus morrisoni but usually has fewer yellow hairs on the vertex, a conspicuous spot in the middle of the scutum (formed by a bare area and also black hairs), and a darker hue to the yellow coat.
Western North America especially in mountains. Eastern records pertain to Bombus auricomus, surely including most if not all mapped from far east of the Rocky Mountains in the Williams et al. guide.

Recorded from Western Canada (MB;SK;AB;BC;YT), from southern Alaska, and from The following US states: SD;NE;MT;WY;CO;NM;UT;AZ;ID;NV;WA;OR;CA). Putative subspecies miguelensis described from San Miguel Island off southern California is a disjunct and enigmatic occurrence. Distributional summary by John S. Ascher (Mar 2014).
Includes mountain meadows
A late-emerging species.
Hosts include many Fabaceae. The Hosts section of its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Life Cycle
A later-emerging species