Unfortunately for the first time in United States history, the bumblebee has been declared endangered.
Bumble bees have an annual life cycle. The bumblebee has a round body that is covered in a long, soft hair called pile. This makes them look fuzzy and soft. The bumblebee also has a long tongue with a suction cup like feature at the tip. This is for reaching the nectar within flowers. It is also a mystery if the bumblebee can even hear due to the fact that they have no ears.
Within the colony the adults are made up of by workers that are sterile females, queens and males (also called drones) which come from unfertilized eggs and usually appear in late summer. Only inseminated queens overwinter underground until spring. Inside the nest the queen makes a pollen clump on the nest floor and lays 8-10 eggs on it. The queen will constantly add pollen and nectar to the clump, and eventually more eggs. Developmental time is 16-25 days. Workers live about 2 weeks. The queen will increase the number of eggs laid as the number of workers to care for them increases.
During the summer, a mature bumble bee nest contains about 50-400 bees at any given time; the largest known nest contained 756 bees. In the late summer only males and new queens are reared in the nest. Once these new queens emerge, they mate and find a preferred environment to overwinter. The males, workers, old queen, and new queens die with the onset of colder temperatures.