God Bless the Bumble Bee

By Larry Rea –

A bumble bee foraging on Echinacea… even though it is an uncommon bee, because of its shaggy appearance and yellow hairs found on its underside, I’m going to call it a Bombus caliginosis instead of the more common Bombus vosnesenskii. 

The most attractive flower of the day was a patch of lavender where a couple dozen of the worker bumbles were buzzing.

Photo by Larry D. Rea (More about Larry at www.taxaflora.com)

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