Sunday, May 5, 2019

My Favorite Bee

The Golden Northern Bumble Bee, Bombus fervidus. Ta Da!
Big and fuzzy with a lot of yellow -- the teddy bear of bees.
It is also called the Yellow Bumble Bee. I look for them all summer long, but rarely see them, even though I live within their range across the northern states of the U.S. The USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership publication Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States (click on the title to see it) says Bombus fervidus is uncommon, so maybe it's not just me. That's one fine looking bumble bee. Click to enlarge.

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