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ID help please - Bombus ternarius - female

ID help please - Bombus ternarius - Female
Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
August 15, 2008

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ID help please - Bombus ternarius - female ID help please - Bombus ternarius

Tricolored bumble bee
I believe that Bombus ternarius is the only one in our region that is colored like this. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong...

 
it is B. ternarius
of the other Northeastern species B. rufocinctus is the closest in color pattern

 
Thanks--
After browsing the B. rufocinctus images, I'm sure I would have said the same thing for some of them. What are the most obvious distinguishing characters?

 
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Thanks guys.

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