Bumble ID by Color

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As a general overview, one starts by looking at the individual bumble and asking a series of questions including:

Is it a bumble bee? (see page on Species Identification for tips)

Does the bumble have a corbiculum? (if no, then male or cuckoo)

Does the bumble show a lot of white (shoulder or end of abdomen)?

Is the bumble primarily yellow in color?

Is there red on the abdomen?

Is the red in the middle or

Is the red at the hind end ?

if no red, is the bee striped?

Does the bumble have the end of the abdomen black?

Washington's bumble bees

Bumble Bees of Washington State

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