Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bee


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Just wondering what kind of bumble bee this is. He was much bigger than the other bumble bees flying around. About 1.5" long maybe. Saw him in Manistee, Michigan.


Nice images, thank you for sharing.

It is a queen (therefore female) bumble bee, probably Bombus borealis , though I can't be absolutely certain.

Bumble bees are highly variable in color and pattern, even within a single species.

This queen will overwinter in some snug place like an abandoned rodent burrow or a rotten log, and start a new colony next spring.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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