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Bombus bimaculatus - female

Bombus bimaculatus - Female
Kennebunk, York County, Maine, USA
June 12, 2006
Size: 16-17mm
BumbleBee on Lupine; best view I've had of the hind leg pollen baskets. ? ID bee

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Bombus bimaculatus - female Bombus bimaculatus - female

Moved
Moved from Bumble Bees.

Bombus bimaculatus
note yellow in MIDDLE of T2

 
B.bimaculatus
What is the red strawberry-like object? Thanks for the ID

 
It's pollen mixed with nectar
It's pollen mixed with nectar and stuck onto the bee's hind leg.
This section of the leg is where honeybees and bumblebees carry pollen. It sticks to their furry body from the flower, they groom it off their body, and they make a sticky wad that they push onto their hind leg.
It looks as though she has orange pollen scattered around on the rest of the leg too. Presumably this pollen is from the lupine. The pollen will be eaten, probably by larval bees.

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to Bumble Bee pages since it's getting buried in the ID pages.

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