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Species Bombus nevadensis - Nevada Bumble Bee

Bombus for ID - Bombus nevadensis NM Bee - Bombus nevadensis Nevada Bumble Bee? - Bombus nevadensis Bombus nevadensis - female Bee (left) - Bombus nevadensis Bee (behind) - Bombus nevadensis Huge Bumblebee - Bombus nevadensis Bumble Bee in Eastern Washington - Bombus nevadensis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Bombini (Bumble Bees)
Genus Bombus (Bumble Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Bombias)
Species nevadensis (Nevada Bumble Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bombus auricomus of eastern North America has often been considered a subspecies. A putative subspecies miguelensis is of uncertain status.
Explanation of Names
Author: Cresson, 1874. The name refers to the type locality.
Size
Very large
Identification
Females resemble Bombus morrisoni but usually has fewer yellow hairs on the vertex, a conspicuous spot in the middle of the scutum (formed by a bare area and also black hairs), and a darker hue to the yellow coat.
Range
Western North America especially in mountains. Eastern records pertain to Bombus auricomus, surely including most if not all mapped from far east of the Rocky Mountains in the Williams et al. guide.

Recorded from Western Canada (MB;SK;AB;BC;YT), from southern Alaska, and from The following US states: SD;NE;MT;WY;CO;NM;UT;AZ;ID;NV;WA;OR;CA). Putative subspecies miguelensis described from San Miguel Island off southern California is a disjunct and enigmatic occurrence. Distributional summary by John S. Ascher (Mar 2014).
Habitat
Includes mountain meadows
Season
A late-emerging species.
Food
Hosts include many Fabaceae. The Hosts section of its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Life Cycle
A later-emerging species