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What Distinguishes Bumblebees From Other Species of Bees?

Bumblebees are known to be fairly larger and hairier than their cousins the Honey Bee. These social bees have originated from their genus name, bombus, which comes from the Latin word booming. They have a full caste system of queens, workers and reproductives that cooperate to meet the needs of the colony.

The queen is typically the only bee that stays alive all year, while the others die off in the colder months. Bumblebees usually start appearing around May and extend their visits until late October. On average there are around 50-500 bumblebees that live in a nest, this number varies depending on the size and location of the nest.

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