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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

What You Can Do!

Pollinator garden: purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, prairie clover.


Most actions to help the rusty patched bumble bee will help other pollinators, including monarch butterflies.


Provide Habitat

Plant a mix of flowers. Rusty patched bumble bees are active from April through October (with some variation depending on how far north or south you are). Plant a mix of flowering trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants so that something is always blooming during that time. Native plants are a great choice.


Not sure what to plant?

Midwest Plant Guide Adobe PDF Icon


List of Plants Favored by Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


Pollinator Plant Lists by Region



Bloodroot is one of the earliest spring flowers.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons bit.ly/2jCcdsY

Provide Flowers in Early Spring. The only bumble bees that survive winter are mated queens. Survival of bumble bees rests on their shoulders as they wake from winter diapause, look for nest sites and start laying eggs. Help them start new colonies by including spring ephemeral flowers and spring flowering trees and shrubs in your landscape.


Don't Mow and Rake. Bumble bees and many other pollinators (bees, moths and butterflies) need a safe place to build their nests and overwinter. During spring and summer, leave some areas of your yard unmowed. In fall, leave some areas of your yard unraked and leave plant stems standing in your flower beds.


Nests for Native Bees Adobe PDF Icon


Blog Post about winter habitat for pollinators Xerces Society


Be Pesticide Free. Pesticides, especially insecticides, can harm pollinators. Herbicides reduce food sources by removing flowers from the landscape.

Rusty Patched Bumble in Cities and Suburbs Adobe PDF Icon


Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on Farm Lands Adobe PDF Icon


Integrated Pest Management for Yards and Gardens Adobe PDF Icon


Integrated Pest Management for Farms Adobe PDF Icon


More about the impact of pesticides on pollinators


Pollinator garden with sign.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd; Xerces bit.ly/2jCcdsY

How Neonicotinoids Can Kill Bees


Detailed Habitat Management Guidelines

Conservation Management Guidelines for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Farms, Golf Courses, Natural Areas, etc.

Guidelines are available on how to provide habitat for pollinators on larger tracts of land. Pollinator Conservation: Learn about your landscape and Conservation Management Guidelines for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


Help Preventing Extinction

Service biologists are working with bumble bee and conservation biology experts to identify and carry out actions that can stop the downward spiral of the rusty patched bumble bee and prevent its extinction.


Preventing Extinction Priorities


Take a Pledge to Protect Pollinators

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge


Be a Citizen Scientist

Bumble Bee Watch - submit your photo and add to the database tracking bumble bee occurrences


Bee Spotter - University of Illinois portal for collecting baseline information on population of bees in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio


Minnesota Bumble Bee Survey (Facebook)


Minnesota Bee Atlas


Ohio Bee Atlas


Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade

The Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade is a photography-based volunteer monitoring project.

Planting a pollinator garden in a schoolyard.


Build Schoolyard Pollinator Habitats

National Wildlife Federation


USFWS Schoolyard Habitat Guide


State Pollinator Initiatives

Northeast Iowa Pollinator Partners


Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative - - OPHI Facebook


Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan

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Last updated: July 26, 2018