Sonoran Bumble?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
October 1, 2011 2:02 pm
We have a lot of bumble bees in the yard this time of year. This particular bee looks like a Sonoran, but it’s stripes aren’t as yellow as others. Is it a Sonoran or some other type of bumble bee. Is it maybe a female Sonoran?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Sonoran Bumble Bee

Hi Anna,
Though the photo you sent us in July shows the distinguishing thin black band across the thorax more distinctly than these current photos, we agree that this is a Sonoran Bumble Bee,
Bombus sonorus.  The pale coloration might be an individual variation, or this might be an older and more faded bee.

Location: California

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