Subject: Beetle bee?!
Geographic location of the bug: Lincoln Nebraska
Time: 09:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hey bugman!
Question! May be an easy one but I’ve never seen anything like this before. I was sitting on my patio when this fella flew up. Looks like pollen maybe on the hind leg? It looks like a beetle and a bee but reminded me of a spider the way it sat and was quick moving like a startled spider?!
Thanks for the help!
How you want your letter signed: Curious
As you can see from this BugGuide image, this is a Common Eastern Bumble Bee. Perhaps due to pesticides, or habitat loss, or some other reason, populations of native and Honey Bees are on the decline, making these once very common and easily recognized insects much less familiar to the casual observer.