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Photo#122011
Bombus - Bombus vandykei - male

Bombus - Bombus vandykei - Male
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 26, 2007
A relatively small bumble bee, in a thistle Cirsium sp.

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Moved
Moved from Bumble Bees.

I would guess
it's a male Bombus vandykei.

 
Thanks, Domingo,
and I think its probably so. Though I can't see most of the characters called for in the key by Thorp, Horning, & Dunning (Calif. Insect Survey , vol.23. 1983), the authors state that B. vandykei "males differ from all Pyrobombus in having the first four metasomal tergites covered with yellow hair". This is so in the present bumble bee, and there's a record for Claremont, L.A. County.
Nevertheless, I'd like to wait until someone else (i.e. John Ascher) comments on this insect.

 
the ID looks good
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Thanks, John -
for confirming!

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