Bombus impatiens

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Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Animalia

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Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Hexapoda (6 legged)

Class: Insecta

Subclass: Pterygota (Winged insects)

Infraclass: Neoptera (Wing-folding)

Order: Hymenoptera

Suborder: Apocrita

Infraorder: Aculeata

Superfamily: Apoidea

Family: Apidae (Bumble bees)

Subfamily: Apinae

Tribe: Bombini

Genus: Bombus

Species: Bombus impatiens Cresson, 1863

Descriptive Notes

Bombus impatiens queens are 17-21 mm in length. The abdomen is primarily covered in long black hair, with a strip of yellow hair on top; thorax is covered with yellow hair as well. Wings veining patterns are distinctive to bumble bees; legs are flat with apical spurs. B. impatiens is known to pollinate many species of flower. My B. impatiens -- a queen -- was found in the meadow between the Stickney Observatory and the Orchard houses, at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 3 May, 2011. It was resting on Dandilions. It was identified using How to know the Insects and Discoverlife.org. For current taxanomic status see: ITIS

--Isabel Marlens