Bumble Bee on Duranta Erecta (pigeon berry)

Courtesy of Dan Eudy, 2014

There are several species of bumblebees found in the state of Texas. These bees are large and hairy, with black and yellow patterning on their bodies. Patterns of color vary on the thorax and abdomen between species of bumblebees. They are often confused with the eastern carpenter bee which has a similar shape with yellow hairs on just the thorax. However, the carpenter bee’s abdomen is black and shiny with few hairs. Bumblebees will nest in almost any cavity, such as abandoned rodent nests and upside-down pots.

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