Black Hind abdomen

Common eastern bumble, Bombus impatiens

As might be surmised by the common name, this species is not native to Washington state or the west coast of North America. Fertilized queens of this species can be commercially purchased. Tomato plants require “buzz” pollination to maximize their yields. Bumble bees can buzz pollinate, honeybees can’t. For this reason greenhouse growers of tomatoes …

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Washington's bumble bees

Bumble Bees of Washington State

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