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Bombus huntii - female

Bombus huntii - Female
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
July 11, 2004
Bombus huntii. Identifying features (in Utah); head-yellow, thorax with black band between wings, abdominal segments 1 and 4-yellow, segments 2 and 3-orange, segments 5 and 6 black.

Looking for identification
My Nuthatch bird box has been taken over by a species of Bumble Bee...I think this bee looks like what we have...I'll post a pic when I find that feature. Any comments or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Bombus Huntii?
I believe this one of the most common Bees in North America, The Bombus Ternarius, in my opinion. Sure looks like the ones here.


B. huntii
The ID was made using information (updated 8/29/03) from the Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory at Utah State University. Twelve (northern Utah) species were presented, of which six have at least one orange abdominal segment. B. ternarius is not listed among them.

This species is now foraging (in small numbers), one could be used for a more detailed examination if you know of any characteristics to use for comparison. Actually, I cound do a DNA extraction, unfortunately, I don't think anyone has come up with markers to make any sense of the sequences.

Don't you just love taxonomy :)>

yes it is huntii
not ternarius

this one too?
Doug Harper's image looks similar to yours; do you know if the range of Bombus huntii extends to Manitoba? (I'd like to get a better handle on bumble bees - they're a tough nut to crack).

The joys of ID
Yes, it looks dead on, the wing coloration might be of importance (??). I don't know the range of B.huntii. The "key" that is being used is for only nothern Utah. Outside of that area other similar species might not get excluded (i.e. no handles and the nut is still tough).

Nice Shot!
Look at those full pollen baskets!

I've never seen one of these before.

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