No Red yes Stripes

Once red is not seen, next question is “is the bee striped?”

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii

The Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, is a common bumble bee on the west side of Washington state and appears to be spreading into the eastern portion. There is some speculation that the drastic decline in numbers of the Western bumble bee Bombus occidentalis, during the 1990s created an opportunity for expansion of the Yellow-faced …

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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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Fogbelt / Obscure bumble bee, Bombus caliginosis

The Fogbelt bumble bee, Bombus caliginosus, is a species I have found mainly on the southern slopes of the Olympic Mountains. It is not uncommon in that area, but is easily confused with a similar looking species, the Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. The common name gives you a sense of it’s preferred habitat. Please …

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Washington's bumble bees

Bumble Bees of Washington State

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