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Bumble Bee - Bombus - female

Bumble Bee - Bombus - Female
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
May 30, 2005
This bee is different than what is back east, having one pale band across the back of the abdomen.

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Bumble Bee - Bombus - female Bumble Bee - Bombus - female

Moved from Yellow-faced Bumble Bee.

The nearly identical Bombus caliginosus also appears in this area, and can rarely be told apart by photographs; as a result, I've moved the image to this either/or species page. For info on this topic, look here or here and note that B. caliginosus has yellow hairs on sternite 4, shown in this specimen but very difficult to tell in live images:

Sorry to bump you back to subgenus!

This is possibly the yellowfaced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. Can't see the face here, but if it is yellow, that would be my best guess.

yellowfaced bumble bee
I added another picture showing the yellow face, so I guess that's what it is. Thanks Eric.

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