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Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - female

Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - Female
Clarenville, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
May 14, 2006
Size: 27 mm

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Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - female Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - female Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - female Family Apidae? - Bombus terricola - female

Moved from Bumble Bees to species page as per comments by John Ascher.

Moved from Western Bumble Bee.

please move to terricola page

I'm Confused
In a prvious post to this set of images, I believe you indicated that this individual is of the species, "B. terricola terricola". Is that correct? I can not find any page on BugGuide for B. terricola, so pending the creation of such a page, I'm moving this to the Bombus genus page. Is this the proper thing to do? Thanks for your comments.

B. terricola
not occidentalis

Doesn't B. terricola = B. occidentalis?
Thank you for your comment. I'm only a hobbiest but aren't B. terricola and B. occidentalis just different names for the same species? The Natural History Museum website states that, "B. terricola and B. occidentalis have been regarded both as conspecific (e.g. Milliron, 1971; Poole, 1996) and as separate species (e.g. Franklin, 1913 [but see p. 239]; Stephen, 1957; Thorp et al., 1983; Scholl et al., 1990). The NHM groups them under a single entry for B. terricola.  BugGuide on the other hand, lists only B. occidentalis and not B. terricola.

Only B. terricola sensu stricto occurs in the east
aka subspecies B. terricola terricola

B. occidentalis aka B. terricola occidentalis occurs in the west

The name terricola has priority

Please move this image to a terricola page

Moving to B. occidentalis
Thanks to both Adalbert Goertz and Richard Vernier for the comments on this bee being a Bombus Queen; probably B. terricola (Kirby, 1837) a.k.a. Bombus occidentalis. I agree that my specimen certainly resembles the images on the University of Georgia's page for B. terricola. A Memorial University of Newfoundland document also lists at least three Bombus species as living here: B. borealis, B. terricola and B. sandersonii.

I'm therefore moving these images to the B. occidentalis page (a.k.a. B. terricola). I'm also changing the location information. I'm so used to photographing insects found at my home in Logy Bay that I incorrectly listed this bee as being found there. It was not. My sister-in-law found it on her pillow (it had flow in an unscreened window) in Clarenville and she called me to ask that I photograph it.

Bombus terricola?
Looks like B. terricola.

A superb bumble-bee queen (Bombus sp.). It would be interesting to know how many species of this genus are present on Newfoundland. Probably much less, at any rate, than on the continent, even if only Canada is concerned.

at least six
maybe as many as eight. I'm not sure about sandersoni or rufocinctus

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