Bombus hyperboreus

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Bombus hyperboreus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Bombus
Subgenus: Alpinobombus
Species: B. hyperboreus
Binomial name
Bombus hyperboreus
Schönherr, 1809

Bombus hyperboreus is an Arctic bumblebee species with a circumpolar distribution, found in arctic Canada, Alaska, Greenland, northern Scandinavia, and Russia.[1] It is a parasite in the nests of a different bumblebee species, Bombus polaris.[2]

Due to its parasitic lifestyle, workers are rarely present. Queens and drones are similar with the thorax and anterior part of the abdomen brownish-orange. The thorax has a black transversal band, while the last abdominal segments are black.[3]


  1. ^ Discover Life. "Discover Life map of Bombus hyperboreus". Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Milliron H.E., Oliver D.R. (1966) Bumblebees from northern Ellesmere Island, with observations on usurpation by Megabombus hyperboreus (Schönh.), Can. Entomol. 98:207–213
  3. ^ "Bumblebees found in North America". Retrieved 19 February 2009.