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Eastern Bumble Bee
The Easten bumble bee is a very successful pollinator. They have been introduced in the western United States and overseas to help with crop harvests.
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
The Rusty-patched bumble bee is on the endangered species list. They are thought to only be found in 0.1% of their historical range.
Brown-belted Bumble Bee
The brown-belted bumble bee builds its nest underground or on the surface. They are eusocial, so they live in colonies where the work is divided between the reproductive and non-reproductive castes.
Honey bees pollinate over 100 different crops in the U.S. They perform a "waggle dance" as a way to share information with other bees on where the best food source is.
Carpenter bees like to excavate holes in wood for shelter. Carpenter bees look just like bumble bees but have a shiny abdomen, instead of a fuzzy one like bumble bees.
Mason bees are one of the more popular species of bees used in bee keeping. They nest in pre-made holes in hollow stems or or holes in wood made by wood-burrowing insects.
There are over 1,000 species of sweat bees in North America. They are known for their metallic colors. Sweat bees will pollinate almost every type of available flower.
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