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Black-tailed Bumble Bee

Bombus melanopygus


This small, tri-colored bee was the most common bee we saw in Alaska. It has a rufous back-half of the abdomen. The front half is gray. The thorax is gray and black.


Fireweed along road outside mixed forest.

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KarenP 9 years ago

I changed my ID, Cindy. Thank you... :) KP

Hi Karen, I just received an ID for this one. Take a look and see if it's the same one :)

KarenP 9 years ago

Could it be a
Fernald's Cuckoo Bumble Bee

Here's my spotting. Let me know if I've missed the ID on mine. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Very pretty close-ups of the fluffly bee :-)
Could it be some sort of carpenter bee, BTW?

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

I love how fuzzy bees are Cindy :-)

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jul 15, 2013
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013

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