Appears to be a member of the Apidae family, species known as Bombus, Several diferent coloration patterns throughout this species, Black and yellow fury appearance usually about 1/4 “to 1” inch long. some sub-species have the redish orange coloration.
Thanks. That led me to start looking for bumblebees. I round this one that looks very similar: http://www.insectidentification.org/pictureviewer/insect-pic-detail.asp?identification=Tri-Colored-Bumble-Bee&sCurrentPic=pic1
I didn’t know thistle had so much nectar. Ants and bees are all over it. These ladies are very industrious.
Have to share this with everyone since I can’t imagine this is a really common experience. Yesterday my wife, Beth, and I were working with Kate Whealen as part of Level II top bar hands on experience. BTW, she’s great!
We were working two hives in La Cienega in an apiary with three hives. The first two hives had colonies and the third did…[Read more]
Hi Folks we have formed a small group of beekeepers here in Valencia county who plan to meet occasionally and discuss beekeeping. Please contact me for more information I will assume most of the members of this group will be interested in our activities.
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