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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. It is a ground nesting bee that often uses abandoned rodent burrows as nests. Formerly found statewide but was most abundant in the far northern and central counties. The queens are among the first bumble bees to appear in the spring. Suitable habitat tends to be close to or within wooded areas and wetlands. Its population has declined significantly due to nesting and foraging habitat loss caused by increased urbanization, diseases and pesticides. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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

Species guidance

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: Wednesday, September 19, 2018