Subject: Adorable bee
Geographic location of the bug: Long Beach, California
Time: 02:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi Bugman! This cute fat fuzzy little friend and her buddies are frequent guests in my garden. My understanding is that only females have pollen baskets. Do they also distinguish her as a bumblebee, rather than a carpenter bee? If so, can you tell what kind of bumblebee she is? She’s taking her job very seriously and she is welcome in my yard.
How you want your letter signed: Rachel L
We wish we had your luck. Daniel hasn’t seen a Bumble Bee in the WTB? garden for quite some time, despite there being numerous other native pollinators. We believe based on images posted to The Natural History of Orange County that is is a Sonoran Bumble Bee, Bombus sonorus. According to Accent on Natural Landscaping: “Male bees do not actively collect pollen, only the queen and worker bumblebees do. They transfer the pollen they collect to the sacs or baskets on their hind legs to make it easier to transport back to the hive. Bumblebee pollen sacs or baskets are known as corbicula.”