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Subgenus Pyrobombus

Bombus (Pyrobombus) sp. - possibly B. vagans - Bombus vagans B. perplexus queen - Bombus perplexus - female bkyrd bumble bee 04-02-14 - Bombus bimaculatus Bombus 2 - Bombus melanopygus Bourdon ? - Bombus ternarius Bombus (bifarius?) - Bombus sylvicola Bee on thistle - Bombus perplexus Bee - Bombus flavifrons
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 (Apoidea (clade Anthophila) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Bombini (Bumble Bees)
Genus Bombus (Bumble Bees)
No Taxon Subgenus Pyrobombus
Other Common Names
These could be called the Fiery-tailed Bumble Bees
Explanation of Names
Pyrobombus Dalla Torre 1880
19 spp. in our area, 50 total(1)
Relatively small, especially the workers
Midleg with rounded angle. The faces and malar space are variable in length but tend to be intermediate between the Cullumanobombus (shorter) and the Thoracobombus (longer). The hair coat of many species is relatively long and shaggy but less so than in Alpinobombus. Eye of male normal (not enlarged)

Species identification is often difficult, as their are many similar species that mimic each other.
holarctic group; ~30 spp. are in the Palaearctic; in our area, all 19 spp. occur in the US, 17 also in Canada, 2 range into Mexico (there are 2 more spp. in Mexico & C.America to Panama)(1) The subgenus is particular common in temperate climates and less well represented in xeric or truly boreal regions.
Mountain-meadow, forest, grassland, semi-desert, and tropical montane forest(2)
Flight season typically long. Queens of many species emerge early. Some such as bimaculatus and perplexus produce reproductives in summer and end activity soon after, whereas other species such as impatien persist until very late fall.
Floral associations diverse and variable depending on tongue length. This subgenus includes some of the most important pollinators of crops such as apples and blueberries.
Life Cycle
Nests underground or on the surface(2)
This subgenus includes some of the most common species. Most seem to be persisting or even increasing unlike species in other subgenera such as Bombus (Bombus) that have declined severely.
See Also
Most orange-banded bumble bees belong to this subgenus (B. rufocinctus is the exception)