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Yellowbanded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola)

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Yellowbanded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola), a Federal Species of Concern and a Wisconsin State Special Concern bee is found in wooded and wetland areas. It is a ground nesting bee that often uses abandoned rodent burrows as nests. Wisconsin has several recent observation records from northern and central counties. Older records are found scattered throughout the state. In Wisconsin, observation records have mostly been made between May and September. Range-wide, bees are active April - September. Nectar plants include Asters, Crocus, Eupatorium (Joe-pye weed), Monarda (bee balms), Ribes (gooseberry/currants), Rosa (Roses), Rubus (blackberry), Salix (Willows), Solidago (goldenrods), Spirea (meadowsweet), Taraxacum (dandelion), and Vaccinium (blueberry).

Due to the drastic population declines since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was petitioned and is currently reviewing the status of the yellowbanded bumble bee [exit DNR].

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Yellowbanded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Bombus terricola in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in WisconsinSOC
State RankS1
Global RankG3G4
Tracked by NHIY

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A guidance document is not available at this time. Use the information from the other tabs and contact local biologists, as needed, to develop management and avoidance strategies.


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Last revised: Thursday, January 10, 2019