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Bumble Bee - Bombus griseocollis - male

Bumble Bee - Bombus griseocollis - Male
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
July 11, 2007
can this be IDed to species?

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Bumble Bee - Bombus griseocollis - male Bumble Bee - Bombus griseocollis - male

Are
you sure this is not a bee fly? If it isent a bee fly then i would have to say its bombus impatiens, but it looks like a fly instead of a bee.

 
Elbowed Antennae
It looked like a Bee-like robber fly at first, however you can instantly see the slender, elbowed antennae consistent with bees. Other bee-like structures which a fly shouldn't have: the comb-like pollen-carrying structure on the hind tibia, and the "tongue" being extended from between the mandibles. I'm not good at ID'ing bees, but this looks like a Bombus to me.

 
Thanks
for the info! It was just something about the eyes that made me think it was a fly. But now i know it's a bee.

 
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obviously a bumble bee
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Male?
Look at those bulging eyes!

 
Bombus griseocollis?
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yes
I agree, it's a male griseocollis

 
a good suggestion
thanks Adalbert. I can also see the resemblence, but I really find it hard to tell the species apart in the bombus genus, even though this particular one seems to me to look fairly distinctive. I'll post another image of it from a bit of a different angle to assist in the ID

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