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A Yellow Face and Red Saddlebags

Foraging Bumble Bee

The yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) may be one of the most underappreciated pollinators. You see it buzzing around lavender, lupine,...

Foraging Bumble Bee
Foraging Bumble Bee

FORAGING-A worker bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, gathers nectar from mustard (Brassica) at Bodega Bay. The pollen is from lupine (Lupinus), which does not provide nectar, notes native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saddlebags
Saddlebags

SADDLEBAGS--This yellow-faced bumble bee at Bodega Bay is packing pollen from lupine (Lupinus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Put on a Happy Face

Bumble Bee and Honey Bee

Those yellow-faced bumble bees know how to put on a happy face.The males and females frequent our bee friendly garden to sip the sweet nectar of...

Bumble Bee and Honey Bee
Bumble Bee and Honey Bee

SHARING--A yellow-faced bumble bee, (Bombus vosnesenskii), and a honey bee (Apis mellifera), share a patch of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sip of Nectar
Sip of Nectar

SIP OF NECTAR--A yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) sips sweet nectar from lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From the Back
From the Back

FROM THE BACK, the yellow-faced bumble bee is shaped somewhat like a bullet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Put on a Happy Face
Put on a Happy Face

SPORTING its trademark feathery yellow hair on its face and a yellow band around its abdomen, a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), leaves rock purslane. This one is a male, as identified by native pollinator specialist and noted bumble bee expert Robbin Thorp of the University of California, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM

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