What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: bee
Location: Colorado front range
July 12, 2014 3:22 pm
I have seen the attached orange body bee twice now at elevations above 9000 feet in Colorado. Can you identify it for me?
Thanks/Fred
Signature: Fred Foto

Hunt's Bumble Bee, we believe

Hunt’s Bumble Bee, we believe

Dear Fred,
There are several species of Bumble Bees with red stripes on the abdomen, and we believe your individual is a Hunt’s Bumble Bee,
Bombus huntii, a species that BugGuide reports at high elevations.  The Yellow Fronted Bumble Bee, Bombus flavifrons, which is pictured on BugGuide, is also a high elevation species and like your individual, it appears considerably furrier than the Hunt’s Bumble Bee.  Our money is on Hunt’s Bumble Bee.

Hunt's Bumble Bee, we believe

Hunt’s Bumble Bee, we believe

Thanks very much.  I take a lot of flower pictures, and often see a pollinators on flowers.
Let me know if I can help support your site.
Fred Fisher

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

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