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Large bumble bee with lots of yellow - Bombus sonorus

Large bumble bee with lots of yellow - Bombus sonorus
Madrona Marsh Preserve, Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 30, 2010
Size: ~ 18 mm
This large bumble bee with lots of yellow is apparently a recent addition to our fauna.

The color-pattern matches Bombus fervidus quite well, but they usually don't venture this far south ...
I therefore suspect that it is an atypical color-variant of Bombus crotchii.
Are they more yellow in coastal Southern California ?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Maybe
Bombus sonorus. This species was quite common in the L.A. area in my youth.

 
yes
a male

 
Thanks a lot, John !
Much appreciated !

 
Bombus sonorus looks good, Domingo !
Let's see if we get a final opinion on it.

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