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The Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

Photo Credit: Colin the Scot; CC

Symbolizes: Prosperity 

Bumble bees collect pollen 2x faster than the honey bee.

Bumble bees “buzz” pollinate, meaning they use muscles to shake pollen onto themselves.

There are only ~200 bumble bees in a colony.

In North America there are 45 species and 1 and 3 bumble bees species are in decline.

Minnesota is home to 23 of 45 bumblebee species.

Bumble bees seldom sting or act aggressively unless threatened. Males cannot sting.

Bees can be trained; Croatia is trying to train them to discover buried land mines.

The Rusty-Patched Bumblebee became the first bee species in the U.S. to join the endangered species list in 2017.

Please watch the film “A Ghost in the Making” to learn more.