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Photo#1003529
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, lateral - Bombus affinis

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, lateral - Bombus affinis
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
September 27, 2014
Size: 14 mm
For several days I watched several of these and could not get a decent photo. They were too fast, or I too slow. (This one is not alive.)
They were nectaring on Stiff Gentian, Gentianella quinquefolia, in a faux (planted) prairie. The 10 acre prairie is surrounded on all sides by oak woodland.

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Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, lateral - Bombus affinis Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, dorsal - Bombus affinis Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, frontal - Bombus affinis

Moved
Moved from Bumble Bees.

 
Great! I don't think they ha
Great! I don't think they have been seen in Iowa for several years.

Yes, Bombus affinis
Great find!

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