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Confusing Bumble Bee - Bombus fernaldae

Confusing Bumble Bee - Bombus fernaldae
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Appalachian Trail, Swain County, North Carolina, USA
July 19, 2006
Found on Cutleaf Coneflower - Rudebeckia lanciniata.

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Confusing Bumble Bee
I checked the specimens in the Smokies collection and Liz is right about the character states mentioned. The images are of Bombus fernaldae.

In fact, I'm almost certain.
In fact, I'm almost certain.
B. perplexus would have no black spot on thorax, much more yellow hair on lower face, eyes placed further back on the head, and would have denser fur. This is the "yellow tide" version of fernaldae (males at high elevations with buckets of yellow).

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