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Subgenus Thoracobombus

Bombus sp. - Bombus fervidus Bombus pensylvanicus Third type of Bombus in garden. - Bombus fervidus American Bumble Bee - Bombus pensylvanicus Female American Bumble Bee? - Bombus pensylvanicus - female unknown - Bombus pensylvanicus Bombus pensylvanicus on zinnia - Bombus pensylvanicus - female Bee - Bombus pensylvanicus
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, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Bombini (Bumble Bees)
Genus Bombus (Bumble Bees)
No Taxon Subgenus Thoracobombus
Numbers
4 spp. in our area, 52 spp. worldwide(1)
Identification
Head and malar space long. Midleg with sharp angle. Ocelli of female at (not below) level of upper eye margin.
Range
holarctic & neotropical, most spp. in Eurasia, 10 in S.America; in our area, B. fervidus is transcontinental in Canada & n. US (south to AZ-CA in the west), B. pensylvanicus is widespread throughout the US & Canada, B. californicus throughout the w. half of NA, and B. sonorus in sw. US(1)
Habitat
Open grassland, mountain meadow, semi-desert, and tropical montane and lowland forest, less often in temperate forests.(2)
Life Cycle
Nests on the surface, sometimes underground(2)