Bumblebee found on Autumn Joy
Location: Decatur, GA
September 19, 2011 9:49 pm
Hi, I found this bumble bee on an Autumn Joy in front of my house yesterday. What interested me about it was its beautiful eyes. What species of bee is this?
Also, many bees on the flowers are very slow moving. Why is that?
Signature: Adrya Stembridge
There are so many Bumble Bees in the genus Bombus, which is further classified into numerous subgenera, that we are often confused when it comes to species identifications. Typically, the markings on the abdomen are used in identification, and your photo does not clearly show the abdominal markings. You can try browsing the numerous species on BugGuide and you will see how difficult it can be to correctly identify a Bumble Bee. As the weather begins to cool, the metabolism of insects slows down, and the approach of winter might be the reason your bees are moving slower than usual.
Correction courtesy of John Ascher
April 22, 2012
This is very obviously a carpenter bee male Xylocopa virginica not a Bombus!: