Tricolored Bumble Bee

bombus ternarius
July 16, 2009
Dear Bugman,
I just started seeing these this summer in central Maine. After watching a few, it seems as they live in the ground/pine needles? Always lived in Maine and never have seen one of these.
Fairfield, Maine, USA

Tricolored Bumble Bee
Tricolored Bumble Bee

Dear JR,
Your Tricolored Bumble Bee, does build a nest underground.  The fact that you have never seen them before this year may be that either you just never noticed them, or that the local population is small.  Some insects do not range far and it is possible that the species might be common a quarter mile away, but virtually nonexistent in your immediate area.  Thanks for sending your awesome photo.

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