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Bombus polaris (Bumblebee)

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

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alces alces (moose)1
Bison bonasus (European bison)2
Bonasa umbellus (Ruffed Grouse)3
Branta hutchinsii (Cackling Goose)2
Calcarius lapponicus (Lapland Longspur)1
Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot)3
Capra caucasica cylindricornis (East Caucasian tur)1
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson's Thrush)1
Corvus corax (Northern Raven)4
Elasmucha ferrugata1
Falcipennis canadensis (Spruce Grouse)1
Falcipennis canadensis franklinii (Franklin’s Grouse)1
Lagopus lagopus (Willow Ptarmigan)4
Lagopus leucura (White-tailed Ptarmigan)1
Lagopus muta (Rock Ptarmigan)1
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)1
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)3
Lepus othus (Alaskan Hare)1
Limosa haemastica (Hudsonian Godwit)1
Lyrurus tetrix (Eurasian Black Grouse)1
Martes americana (American Marten)4
Martes zibellina (Sable)1
Microtus xanthognathus (taiga vole)1
Myodes rutilus (northern red-backed vole)4
Numenius tahitiensis (Bristle-thighed Curlew)4
Ochotona collaris (Collared Pika)2
Ovibos moschatus (muskox)1
Phenacomys intermedius (western heather vole)1
Phenacomys ungava (eastern heather vole)2
Pinicola enucleator (Pine Grosbeak)2
Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden-Plover)1
Poecile hudsonicus (Boreal Chickadee)4
Tetrao urogallus (Western Capercaillie)2
Ursus americanus (black bear)4
Ursus arctos (Grizzly Bear)4


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


Pollinator of 
Arctostaphylos alpinus (alpine bearberry)[1]
Astragalus alpinus (Alpine Milkvetch)[2]
Cassiope tetragona (white arctic mountain heather)[3]
Dryas integrifolia (white mountain-avens)[3]
Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry)[1]
Epilobium speciosum (dwarf fireweed)[3]
Papaver radicatum (rooted poppy)[3]
Pedicularis capitata (capitate lousewort)[3]
Pedicularis hirsuta (hairy lousewort)[3]
Petasites frigidus (Arctic Butterbur)[2]
Salix arctica (arctic willow)[3]
Saxifraga oppositifolia (purple mountain saxifrage)[3]
Silene acaulis (moss campion)[3]
Vaccinium uliginosum (bog blueberry)[1]
Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry)[1]


Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); North America;



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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