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Subgenus Subterraneobombus

B. borealis - Bombus borealis - female bee with strange triangle patch on back - Bombus borealis - female large orange bumble bee? - Bombus borealis Melissodes? - Bombus borealis Bumble bee - Bombus borealis Bumble Bee - Bombus appositus Northern Amber Bumble Bee - Bombus borealis - Bombus borealis bumble bee - Bombus borealis
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 Subterraneobombus
3 spp. in our area + 8 in Eurasia (11 spp. total)(1)
Face and malar space long. Midleg with sharp angle.
holarctic group, more diverse in Eurasia (esp. Asia); in our area, B. borealis is transcontinental amd mostly boreal, B. apositus is western and ranges north into BC, and the transpalaearctic B. distinguendus is known from the Aleutians(1)
Alpine grassland, open grassland, and semi-desert(2). Also clover fields near woodlands.