Background: The social hymenoptera are emerging as models for epigenetics. In mammals and flowering plants' epigenetics, methylation affects allele specific expression. There is contradictory evidence for the role of methylation on allele specific expression and monoallelic methylation in social insects. The aim of this paper is to investigate allele specific expression and monoallelic methylation in the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. Results: We found nineteen genes that were both monoallelically methylated and monoallelically expressed. A number of these genes are involved in reproduction. Fourteen of these genes express the hypermethylated allele, while the other five express the hypomethylated allele. We also searched for allele specific expression in twenty-nine published RNA-seq libraries. We found 555 loci with allele-specific expression. Conclusions: Genomic imprinting in mammals often involves monoallelic methylation and expression. It is tempting to associate our results with genomic imprinting, especially as a number of the genes discovered are exactly the type predicted by theory to be imprinted. Caution however should be applied due to the lack of understanding of the functional role of methylation in gene expression in insects and in the as yet unquantified role of genetic cis effects in insect allele specific methylation and expression.