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Actual Size: ¾ – 1″

Characteristics: Hairy body, black in color with yellow or white striped bands.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Will nest in the ground but also in soffits and attics in Salina. They can be seen around patio areas or decks.


  • Important pollinators that do not produce much honey.
  • Unlike honeybees, bumblebees do not die after they sting.
  • Resemble Carpenter bees, but their abdomens are covered with hair, while carpenter bees abdomens are relatively smooth.

Bumblebees in Salina

Bumblebees are large flying insects covered with densely branched setae (hairs). They are beneficial pollinators for many kinds of crops and ornamental plants. According to the National Wildlife Federation, their short, stubby wings beat at least 130 times per second — and is a crucial part of pollination. This beating vibrates flowers until they release pollen. This is called buzz pollination, a process that helps plants produce more fruit.

Bumblebee Habitat

Bumblebees have small colonies with only a dozen to a few hundred workers. Most bumblebees nest in the ground, using deserted rodent burrows and shallow recesses beneath patio stones, landscaping timber, piles of compost, or within dense patches of grass. Above ground, they may occupy abandoned bird nests as well as outside walls, patio roofing, and decks.

Bumblebee Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Bumblebees are peaceful insects and only sting when they feel provoked or threatened. Most often this happens when their nest is disturbed. Only female bumblebees sting and they can sting more than once. Bumblebees do not form swarms like honeybees and pain from a bumblebee sting is less than a honeybee sting. However, stings can be dangerous on the head or neck, or if an individual is allergic to their venom.

Because bumblebees will sting when threatened, we recommend working with a professional bee removal service rather than trying to get rid of them yourself.

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