The Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

Scientific name: Bombus affinis


In 2019 the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee became the state bee of Minnesota.


In the wild the largest colonies may contain around 400 individuals, while in captivity, colonies of up to 2100 individuals have been known.


Female bumble bees very rarely sting, and males are not able to sting. Bumble bees are generally very docile.

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