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  1. #1
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    Default What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    I took these photos in my garden this morning. I've never seen a bumblebee with this orange fur band before. Anyone know what species it is?

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9fPBEJTqGz...veronica+1.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9fPBEJTqGz...veronica+2.jpg
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    I've seen a few of those around here, that's a great pic. I can't get one to hold still. Hopefully someone knows what it is.

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    Probably Tricolored Bumble bee, Bumbus ternarius >> http://bugguide.net/node/view/15062
    And >> http://bugguide.net/node/view/81833 Your photos are better. .
    Last edited by Oldbee; 06-01-2010 at 06:03 PM.

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    Yes, that looks right! Thank you!

    I've been seeing them on my veronica for days now, a couple at a time. Also smaller plainer bumblebees. I'm seeing way more bumblebees this year than I have for the past couple of years.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    We call them Redtail Bumbles. Great pictures by the way!

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    ive had to remove a LOT of bumble bee nest and usually ill relocate into the woods somewhere else but the thing that ive have noticed is the size variation of adult bumble bees and color - within the same hive ????

    just food for thought

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    I've never seen one! They are beautiful! Great pics.
    "The greatest threat is our own staggering ignorance and cavalier treatment of the natural world to which we belong."

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    Default Re: What species of bumble bee is this? (in New York)

    So, how would one go about hiving some bumbbles?

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