We wanted to highlight this beautiful illustration, outlining various bumblebee species! This lovely piece is brought to us by U.K. Illustrator, Catherine Pape.
Bumblebee's are very important members of the pollinator family. Among the bumblebee's illustrated above, there are 24 total species of bumblebees in the world! There are also around 225 species of solitary bee and just a single honeybee species!
Bumblebees look quite different from honeybees and solitary bees, given their often dense hairy exterior. They often times are a bit larger and rounder all together. You can check if you have a bumblebee in your garden, by comparing the images above, but remember that not all bumblebee species have the same colours of hair, or markings. You can see a detailed identification list here.
Keep pollinators & other bees safe by refraining from pesticide use & planting bee friendly seeds in your outdoor space! Join the movement & help bee the change!