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    Species Profile: Bumblebees

    “And, like a miniature helicopter, a small, furry, orange, black, and yellow object zooms out of the forest, lands on a rhododendron bush, and flits in apparent great haste from flower to flower. “It is a queen bumblebee. – Bernd Heinrich (Bumblebee Economics).   GENERAL INFORMATION Bumblebees are important pollinators in the genus Bombus, part of Apidae, one of the many Bee families. Many people identify bumblebees due to their trademark colours black and yellow but that isn’t always the case. The colouring depends on the species of Bumblebee. The colour of the tail, for example, varies, and in some species is brown or reddish such as the red-tailed bumblebee.…