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Bumble Bee - Bombus vosnesenskii - female

Bumble Bee - Bombus vosnesenskii - Female
Sunnyvale (Bay Area), Santa Clara County, California, USA
May 20, 2007
It it coincidence that these back legs match the flower? The only place I have seen bees with these legs is on Orange Poppies (which are pretty common around here).

I've changed the location info because it came out as "Bay Area County".

The "County/Parish/District/Region:" field is really only for the county or equivalent. In Canada there are jurisdictions called "districts" and "regions" that are loosely equivalent to counties.

Bay Area
Sorry about that - I originally thought that Bay Area would be more familiar, but of course county and city are more accurate!

It's not really about accuracy
The system assumes that you've entered a county name and adds the word "county" at the end. If you wanted to just say "Bay Area", you would put it after the city name and leave the county/parish/district/region field blank.

Still, it's nice to have the county information. The automated mapping currently only uses the state/province information, but we hope to upgrade that someday.

The orange on the legs is pollen the bee has collected -
that's why it matches the flowers. It carries the pollen in long hairs on the legs, called pollen baskets.

Matching colors
Thanks Hannah - Seeing is all very fine, but I will like it better when I know what I am looking at!

I've moved this to the guide
for info on how to do this yourself, see Help.

in a concave, hairless area
the corbicula

surrounded by long hairs

Bombus vosnesenskii

I compared to other pictures on this site
I would have been thrown by the longer thinner look of the body, but the markings are distinctive.

Thanks for the ID, and detailed info!
I had no idea there were so many different kinds of bees all in one small area!

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