India home to 48 species of bumblebees


Indian Bumblebees book has released that India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. Indian Bumblebees book is written by entomologist M.S. Saini and co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator.

  • These are 48 species of bumblebees native to India and are the only pollinators of vegetation in high-altitude altitudes of 2,000-15,000 feet along the entire Himalayas from Jammu & Kashmir to Nagaland regions.
  • Indian Bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies and the size of it depends on the species. Indian Bumblebees are similar to the honeybees.
  • Bumblebees have yellow, black and reddish body hair and are often striped. It is also known as colony is the queen. She hibernates throughout winter and in spring finds a site for new nest. She then lays her eggs in autumn which will result in the first batch of workers.
  • Indian Bumblebees pollinate fruit trees, vegetables, cash crops and even ornamental and medicinal plants high in the Himalayas.
  • Bumblebees play an important role in the ecosystem and are crucial for pollination at higher altitudes. Thus without them seed setting and fruiting will not take place in many plants.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 7, 2015