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California bumblebee (on California poppy)

Bombus californicus


Medium sized fuzzy bumblebee with black face, black, fuzzy rear, yellow bands on thorax and abdomen. Bumblebees distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula: a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen.


Generally found in higher latitudes and/or high altitudes, wherever there are flowers. They are efficient pollinators of any crop that flowers in summer.


Look at that pollen!

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

lily on a cheerful note ,we have lots in our backyard.

How good to see a photo of a bumblebee, it's sad to think they might be disappearing.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jun 9, 2013
Submitted on Jun 9, 2013

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