Bombus auricomus

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Bombus auricomus
Bombus auricomas, F, Side, Baltimore, MD 2013-06-20-17.33.32 ZS PMax (9101263460).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
Subgenus: Bombias
B. auricomus
Binomial name
Bombus auricomus
(Robertson, 1903)

Bombus auricomus is a species of bumblebee known by the common name black and gold bumblebee.[1] It is native to eastern North America, including Ontario and Saskatchewan in Canada and much of the eastern United States, as far west as the Great Plains.[1]

This species creates above-ground nests in grassland and other open habitat types. It feeds at many types of plants, including thistles, prairie clovers, delphiniums, teasels, echinacea, bergamot, penstemons, clovers, and vetches.[1]

This bee was previously thought to be conspecific with the Nevada bumblebee (B. nevadensis), but the two are now considered separate species.[1]