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    How Long Do Bumble Bees Live – The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees

    With the weather starting to warm up, you may soon be seeing the emergence of bumble bees. Easily recognizable by their fuzzy bodies and buzzing sound, bumble bees play a critical role in pollination and the diversity of ecosystems.  Bumble bees have a fascinating life cycle, with their colonies only lasting one year. The life span of bumble bees vary based on environmental conditions and the bee’s role in the colony.  So, how long do bumble bees live?  The Life Cycle of Bumble Bees Colony Initiation The bumble bee colony begins in the spring, with the emergence of a new queen.  This queen has mated and hibernated alone through the…