Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Black-tailed Bumble Bee

Bombus melanopygus


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

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Machi 3 years ago

Thanks Brian! Very cool find for me as I have never seen a bumblebee nest

Brian38 3 years ago

Fascinating Machi!

Spotted by

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jun 19, 2019
Submitted on Jul 30, 2019

Related Spottings

Bumblebee Bombus Bombus pascuorum Bombus argillaceus

Nearby Spottings

Spotting Shy Maiden Coral Lichen Broad-nosed Weevil
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team