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Bombus polaris (Bumblebee)

Synonyms: Bombus groenlandicus; Bombus kincaidii

Wikipedia Abstract

Bombus polaris is a common Arctic bumblebee species. B. polaris is one of two bumblebees that live above the Arctic Circle. The other is its social parasite Bombus hyperboreus. B. polaris is a social bee that can survive at near freezing temperatures. It has developed multiple adaptations to live in such cold temperatures. B. polaris has a thicker coat of hair than most bees, utilizes thermoregulation, and makes insulated nests.
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Prey / Diet

Arctostaphylos alpinus (alpine bearberry)[1]
Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry)[1]
Vaccinium uliginosum (bog blueberry)[1]
Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)[1]
Calcarius lapponicus (Lapland Longspur)[1]
Phylloscopus borealis (Arctic Warbler)[1]
Tachycineta bicolor (Tree Swallow)[1]


External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
2Mosquin, T., and J. E. H. Martin. 1967. Observations on the pollination biology of plants on Melville Island, N.W.T., Canada. Canadian Field Naturalist 81:201-205.
3Insect-flower associations in the high Arctic with special reference to nectar., Hocking, B. 1968. Oikos 19:359-388
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0