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is this some type of Yellow Backed Bumble?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
July 18, 2011 5:27 pm
I can’t figure it out. You’re so great at helping me, I thought I’d send you yet another photo. It/they seem very attracted to the catmint plants that I’ve let bloom this summer, but until today have been to shy to get a shot of. We’ve had yellow faced bumbles and male and female carpenter bees this year, but I’m positive this is something different. Can you help?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Sonoran Bumble Bee

Hi Anna,
According to Charles Hogue in his wonderful book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, there are four species of Bumble Bees in our area, and this is the Sonoran Bumble Bee,
Bombus sonorus, a species not previously represented on our website, so we are very happy to get your photo.  You may verify our identification by comparing the photos on Bugguide.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: California

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