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Unidentified Bee


Approximately 15mm in length. Main color of yellow, but more pale that other species. Named for the plant genus Impatiens, which it is often found on.


Prairie restoration area at Sunderbruch park.


It was rather cold in the morning, so the bumble bees were not moving about too quickly. Perfect timing for easy photos:)

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beaker98 6 years ago

Just went back and checked the other photos. The white markings on the mandibles are hair. I should probably mark this as unidentified. Thanks for your input.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

ok, so the first problem I see on this bee, it doesn't have corbicles, so it won't be a female bumblebee. Then, it seems to have some white markings on the mandibles, this is very unusual in Bumblebees. Its a shame you didn't get more angles of the bee, is very had to have a conclussive ID

beaker98 6 years ago

The only photos I have are the same pose. It flew off before I could get top-view photos. Any insight is great appreciated Juan. Thanks.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

There's something weird with this bumblebe. Is either, a male bumblebee or not at bumblebee at all. Do yo have more pictures of the insect?

beaker98 6 years ago

Yeah it does! Maybe I'll try and pet one next time:)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 6 years ago

He almost looks cuddly:)

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Davenport, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Aug 7, 2014
Submitted on Aug 10, 2014

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