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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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rickbarricklow

Place

Ohio, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Two-spotted Bumble Bee (Bombus bimaculatus)

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stevenmcgrath

Date

June 13, 2021 10:57 AM ADT

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What

American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)

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kheiar

Date

September 11, 2022 09:38 AM CDT

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What

Two-spotted Bumble Bee (Bombus bimaculatus)

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josh_felton

Date

June 26, 2022 05:53 PM CDT

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What

Brown-belted Bumble Bee (Bombus griseocollis)

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joshuajudkins

Date

July 20, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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birdandbook

Description

Interesting behavior: appears to be attempted theft of pollen from the bumblebee worker by the honeybee. The honeybee was repeatedly landing on the bumblebee for at least a minute, and actually followed the bumblebee to a second flower on the bull thistle plant. On looking at the photos, it appears the honeybee worker was targeting the pollen clumps on the corbicula. She was not successful in removing an entire clump but did seem to be getting some of it off.

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What

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

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birdandbook

Date

August 2022

Description

Fairly certain as to species ID, but curious what folks think about caste; looks like a queen to me, but from my limited sample size for queens (n=4) the visible rusty-patch is unusual. This individual was also quite small, closer to a large bimaculatus queen in size. I also saw affinis workers at this site and they were also unusually small compared to affinis workers I have seen at other sites in NE IL.

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What

Silken Fungus Beetles (Family Cryptophagidae)

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woody832

Date

July 30, 2022 01:13 PM EDT

Description

This is apparently a beetle attached to a bumble bee's proboscis (although it's not clear who is holding on to who). I first noticed the bumble bee laying on its back on a flower, apparently struggling weakly to right itself (second photo). After 15 or 20 seconds the bee got onto its feet and wandered around on the flower, looking less steady and less interested in collecting nectar/pollen than normal (third photo). It eventually flew off, still with the beetle attached to its head. Is the beetle a parasite or predator, or just somehow randomly stuck on, maybe feeding on a drop of nectar on the bee's proboscis?

Update: According to the Wikipedia article on Antherophagus ochraceus, "members of Cryptophagidae, engage in phoresy. The beetles are transported by attaching to the legs, mouthparts, or antennae of bumblebees. It remains attached by clamping down with its mandibles. It does not release until the bee returns to the nest. A. ochraceus adults lay eggs in bumblebee nests, where the eggs develop into larvae. In the larval stage, the beetles remain in the nest and eat organic matter and detritus. Specifically, they are presumed to consume honey, bee feces, and comb debris." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antherophagus_ochraceus).

Thanks to @neylon for pointing me in the right direction.

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What

Perplexing Bumble Bee (Bombus perplexus)

Observer

gary404

Date

June 2012

Place

Private

Description

I got the identification from Beespotter. It might not be accurate. The location is a fishing pond on the grounds of a hotel in Galena, Illinois (Jo Daviess County). The hotel is on the edge of the city.

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What

Cuckoo Bumble Bees (Subgenus Psithyrus)

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pamelarodr

Date

April 2022

Description

This pollinator was located on a flower on the San Antonio Zoo. The size of the bee is around the size of a nickel.

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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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benzerante

Date

August 2021

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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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valmal

Date

July 17, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

Description

Bombus impatiens nectaring on Black Cohosh, Actaea racemosa This plant is visited in my yard by bumblebees and honeybees, but not the other smaller bees from what I have observed. Also some beetles attracted to the flowers

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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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micahfreedman

Date

August 29, 2021 02:53 PM EDT

Description

the honeybee was actively stealing the pollen from the corbiculae of the bumblebee -- hadn't seen that before

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What

Golden Northern Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidus)

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cathyph

Date

June 14, 2021 02:10 PM UTC

Description

Could this be a Bombus affinis Queen? It was very big and quite round. The tergite patterns seem to match a Queen. Thanks!

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What

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

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matthew_wills

Date

October 25, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

Description

This bird is eating a Winter Wren, picked up from road. Wren was presumably road-kill. Impressed to see the TT carry the WW up into a tree.

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What

Perplexing Bumble Bee (Bombus perplexus)

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echocreek

Date

July 26, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

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What

Golden Northern Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidus)

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willbeedee

Date

August 19, 2020 04:28 PM CDT

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What

Mining Bees (Genus Andrena)

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kpmcfarland

Date

May 21, 2021 05:14 PM EDT

Description

mating in the clutches of a crab spider.

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What

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

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vmacphail

Date

May 27, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

Description

This very melanistic bee was seen dead on the side of the road. Colouration of thorax and T1 abdomen is darker than expected for Bombus impatiens but not certain what other species it would be.

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What

Two-spotted Bumble Bee (Bombus bimaculatus)

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amoorehouse

Date

July 13, 2021 11:23 AM CDT

Description

Any thoughts on what is going on? Looks like a male Bombus bimac with a green sweat bee on its back.

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Date

July 2, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

Description

Brown-belted Bumble Bee
(Bombus griseocollis)
Lake St. Clair Metropark
Macomb Co., Michigan
2 July 2021
Photo by Allen T. Chartier

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skrentnyjeff

Date

June 2020

Description

C2020

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What

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

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neylon

Date

April 2021

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What

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

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beewilliams

Date

April 2021

Description

Queen on Lenten rose. Early!

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What

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

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neylon

Date

May 10, 2019 09:23 AM CDT

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What

Bees (Epifamily Anthophila)

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macrohunter_ls

Date

August 3, 2020 02:22 PM MSK

Description

Добыча паларуса

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What

American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)

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cefarrar

Date

July 12, 2020 07:15 PM CDT

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What

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

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beewilliams

Date

April 2020