Fuzzy Yellow Bee
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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014
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    Gainesville, Virginia, USA
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    Default Fuzzy Yellow Bee

    Once our honey bees gave up on our Salvia, we've had lots of bumble bees on it. Most of them are two-spotted bumblebees, Bombus bimaculatus, but today a newcomer appeared. I have not seen this bee before, any ideas?

    150621 Yellow Bee 5.jpg

    There were two of these I saw, yellow all around and quite fuzzy. Size-wise perhaps a little bigger than a honey bee. You can see the thin black stripes here, but for the most part this appears to be an all-yellow bee. Most bumblebees seem to have a black abdomen so I couldn't quite match this with any of the Bombus options I could find.

    Appreciate the help,

    Erik
    In my second winter with 3 Langs and 2 Top Bar hives
    https://beeswitheeb.wordpress.com/

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  3. #2
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    Port Austin, Michigan
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    Default Re: Fuzzy Yellow Bee

    I think its a male Bombus flavifrons

  4. #3
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    Gainesville, Virginia, USA
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    Default Re: Fuzzy Yellow Bee

    It could be, though flavifrons looks to be a more western bee in North America, while I am in Virginia. The bee was foraging so I assumed it was a female, do male bumbles forage?

    Thanks.
    In my second winter with 3 Langs and 2 Top Bar hives
    https://beeswitheeb.wordpress.com/

  5. #4
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    West Jordan, UT, USA
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    Default Re: Fuzzy Yellow Bee

    Bombus males don't forage for the hive, but take nectar only for their own use.
    Your pic looks very much like a B. pennsylvania, which looks a lot like B. flavifrons, and also very similar to other bumble males. Hard to tell.

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