Bumblebee Snail



Bumblebee Snail

The Bumblebee Snail has a shell that has spiraling yellow or white stripes resembling the yellow and black banding pattern of some wasps or bees. It is sold as and acts as a scavenger that will consume uneaten meaty food or carrion. However, an individual Engina will also prey on beneficial polychaetes and other snails in captivity. In tanks with sand beds, it is likely to eat sand dwelling worms. This species is found in shallow water throughout the Indo-Pacific and is fairly hardy. It has a rectangular aperture, with a thickened outer edge, which typically has several bumps extending into the aperture.

They are a questionable addition to a reef tank. They will prey on beneficial animals in live sand and on live rock. They feed on excess meaty waste and are predatory on other snails and worms. (Credit - "Pocket Guide, Marine Invertebrates")

Scientific Name: Engina mendicaria
Common Name(s): Bumblebee Snail
Family: Buccinidae
Care / Experience Level: Easy / Beginner
Coloration: Yellow & Black
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Disposition: Peaceful
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 10
Full Grown Size (inches): 0.5
Diet: Omnivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Water Specific Gravity: 1.023-1.026 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12

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