Where do Bumblebees Live?

Where do Bumblebees Live?

Bumblebee Habits

Bumblebees are definitely considered creatures of habit and are most commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere in higher altitude regions. However, there are a few tropical species of bumblebees known to exist in lower latitude parts of South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. There are also some species that live in extremely cold climates, where few other types of bees are found, the Bombus polaris and Bombus alpinus.

Bombus Polaris, a yellow and black bumblebee, is native to Ellesmere Island, the northernmost known location of all eusocial insects. This bumblebee can exists in near freezing temperatures by regulating body temperature through solar radiation, the process of moving internal muscles with little energy spent. The heterothermy is a radiative cooling system in the abdomen that helps control temperature similar to shivering. This internal cooling and heating system is known to exist in other bee species, but has best been studied in the bumblebee.

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  1. Howdy – from Texas, USA.
    We have a Butterfly garden and this year got 5 Hibiscus of three colors. Once doing this and having other flowers in the garden, the Bubble Bees have been really thick. The interesting thing is we have a very large garden bench. 2″ thick and 4″ thick wood is common. Redwood from the coast of California. Bubble Bees have been resting in the shade of it – on it – behind the Green House. We were cleaning up and doing some painting… Bees Buzzing. They just sit there taking a rest. Is this common ? Are they thinking of a hive ? Martin


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