POLLINATOR INFORMATION

Hover over each photo to learn

more about the local pollinator

 

Eastern Bumble Bee

Bombus impatiens

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.

Eastern Bumble Bee

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Bombus affinis

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.

Rusty-pactched Bumble Bee

Brown-belted Bumble Bee

Bombus griseocollis

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. 

Brown-belted Bumble Bee

Honey Bee

Apis mellifera

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. 

Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa virginica

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. 

Carpenter Bee

Mason Bee