Hymenoptera of North Carolina
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Bombus impatiens Cresson, 1863 - No Common Name

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Family: Apidae Subfamily: ApinaeTribe: BombiniChecklist Number: 1341.00                                                                                  
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide, Discover Life, GBIF
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments:
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Associated with open, herbaceous habitats, including prairies and meadows, but also occurs to some extent within woodlands. Commonly seen in gardens and parks, including within urban areas (Williams et al., 2014; Carril and Wilson, 2021). (Williams et al., 2014). Also
Larval Host Plants: Broadly polylectic but with perhaps a preference for Composites, including Thistles, Goldenrods, and Purple Coneflowers (Carril and Wilson, 2021)
Observation Methods:
See also Habitat Account for General Fields, Gardens, and Ruderal Habitats
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: S5
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5
State Protection:
Comments: This is one of the most abundant and widespread of our native bees. In addition to natural populations, this species is now used agriculturally to pollinate crops and has been spread far beyond its native range.