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White-shouldered bumble bee, Bombus appositus

Field ID Tips The White-shouldered bumble bee, Bombus appositus, is easily identified in the field by a combination of large size, bright white shoulder, black band between the wings and the entire abdomen a golden yellow. Lisa’s father-in-law described this species as looking like they were wearing white shoulder pads. Sports analogies for the win! …

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Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis

The Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, was until recently the most widely distributed bumble bee species across Washington state. The range map below shows just how wide spread it was. Then a disease outbreak spread from captive raised bumble bees used for tomato hothouse operations wiped out an estimated 95% or more of the wild …

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Washington's bumble bees

Bumble Bees of Washington State

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