List of bumblebee species

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The list presented here is derived from a checklist of world bumblebees[1] (discussing status of species) and used in the most recent Bombus phylogeny.[2] Species are grouped by subgenus following the most recent revision.[3] For some common names see BugGuide.[4]

Subgenus Alpigenobombus[edit]

Subgenus Alpinobombus[edit]

Subgenus Bombias[edit]

Subgenus Bombus sensu stricto[edit]

Bombus cryptarum
Bombus lucorum
Bombus terrestris

Subgenus Cullumanobombus[edit]

Subgenus Kallobombus[edit]

Bombus soroeensis subsp. proteus

Subgenus Fervidobombus[6][edit]

Subgenus Megabombus[edit]

Subgenus Melanobombus[edit]

Bombus lapidarius

Subgenus Mendacibombus[edit]

Subgenus Orientalibombus[edit]

Subgenus Psithyrus[edit]

Bombus barbutellus
Bombus campestris
Bombus rupestris

Subgenus Pyrobombus[edit]

Bombus pratorum (male)
Bombus jonellus

Subgenus Sibiricobombus[edit]

Bombus schrencki

Subgenus Subterraneobombus[edit]

Bombus pascuorum

Subgenus Thoracobombus[edit]

Bombus sylvarum
Bombus veteranus

Subgenus incertae sedis[edit]


  1. ^ P. H. WILLIAMS. (1998) An annotated checklist of bumble bees with an analysis of patterns of description (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Bombini). Bulletin of The Natural History Museum (Entomology) 67: 79–152 [updated at].
  2. ^ S. A. CAMERON, H. M. HINES, P. H. WILLIAMS. (2007) A comprehensive phylogeny of the bumble bees (Bombus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 91, 161–188.
  3. ^ P. H. WILLIAMS, S. A. CAMERON, H. M. HINES, B. CEDERBERG, P. RASMONT. (2008) A simplified subgeneric classification of the bumblebees (genus Bombus). Apidologie 39, [1–29].
  4. ^ Bombus, BugGuide
  5. ^ a b Bombus occidentalis and Bombus terricola are sometimes considered the same species.
  6. ^ Cameron, Sydney A.; Williams, Paul H. (24 July 2002). "Phylogeny of bumble bees in the New World subgenus Fervidobombus (Hymenoptera: Apidae): congruence of molecular and morphological data" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Bombus fervidus californicus is sometimes considered a unique species, Bombus californicus.
  8. ^ Bombus pensylvanicus sonorus is sometimes considered a unique species, Bombus sonorus.
  9. ^ a b Bombus centralis and Bombus flavifrons are sometimes considered the same species.
  10. ^ Bombus melanopygus has two color forms, one of which was historically treated as a species: Bombus edwardsii.
  11. ^ a b Miller, Nathan G. (2010). The Bumble Bees of Algonquin Park: A Field Guide. Toronto: Toronto Entomologists' Association. pp.22.
  12. ^ Dehon, M.; Michez, D.; Nel, A.; Engel, M. S.; De Meulemeester, T. (2014). "Wing Shape of Four New Bee Fossils (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) Provides Insights to Bee Evolution". PLOS ONE 9 (10): 1–16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108865.