New York Natural Heritage Program
Yellowbanded Bumble Bee
Bombus (Bombus) terricola Kirby, 1837
Insects
Leif Richardson
Family: Triepeolus (Apidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Bumble bee queens hibernate over the winter, emerge in the spring, locate a nest site, and rear young (workers, males, and new queens). After new queens and males mate, all males, workers, and old queens die by the beginning of winter and new queens settle into sites to overwinter (Schweitzer et al. 2012).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are few records of this species located in New York since 2000 despite increased survey effort, and there is evidence of a sharp decline in population, both short-term and long-term (Richardson 2013 and Yanega 2013). In addition, this subgenus (Bombus) has been shown to be significantly more infected by the pathogen Nosema bombi than bumble bees of other subgenera (Cameron et al. 2011).

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