Skip to Main navigation Skip to Left navigation Skip to Main content Skip to Footer

University of Minnesota Extension

Extension > Garden > Diagnose a problem > What insect is this? > Garden Pests > Flies, moths, wasps,and other insects with obvious wings - 1/4 to 3/4 inch long > Bumblebees

Print Icon Email Icon Share Icon


Bombus spp.

Bumble bee

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Bumble bee 2

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Size: 3/8 - 5/8 inch long

Where/When: Commonly found visiting flowers. Typically nest in old burrows in the ground and other cavities. Active from spring until fall.

Significance: They are a pest because of their ability to sting. They are usually not aggressive when visiting flowers. They are more likely to sting when their nest is threatened.

Did this tool help you identify the insect? Tell us.
  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy