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I think an animal dug up the nest and spread it around on the ground. Several of the cells still had bees in them, so I moved them to a protected mossy spot in the hopes some were still viable. I believe they were close to emerging already, as you can see in the photos that the one I did observe emerging seemed to be well developed. I did see one fully emerged one crawling nearby that looked pretty dry and ready to fly off at any moment (last photo). It was still a bit slow though. I can't be sure it was from the same nest, but it was crawling around right in the middle of where the nest was scattered.
Sitka Spruce forest floor, Termination Point Trail
The cells are not actually eggs, though they do look egg-shaped. These are just the wax cells that the brood is raised in
Spotted on Jun 19, 2019
Submitted on Jul 30, 2019
Thanks Brian! Very cool find for me as I have never seen a bumblebee nest