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Old 07-21-2011, 07:46 AM   #21
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I'll join in the search but I haven't ANY knowledge in identifying them.....
Do you want photos of all bumbles for identifying.... past, present or just the ones with the rust colors?
Still want me to jump on board?

Absolutely, welcome!! I guess a criteria for posting a picture should be that it is adequate for identification purposes - close up and detailed. If it's simply a nice picture with a well blooming flower but without clarity in the picture of the bee, we really cannot benefit from it, and the picture is probably better off in the insect/flower folder. Also, if it's old, it might not represent the present status of the insect in your area. Let's make it "CURRENT PICTURES." (For a proper scientific study.)

But, the more people we get involved, the better the chance we get a locale on B. affinis, which would be a coup for WG. It's presently, according to Xerces, an insect of great concern due to its precipitous decline and present rarity. It was a great short tongued pollinator, but those plants that depended upon it are going without, at least from that source.

However, it is not yet extinct! If we can find one of the habitats it is surviving in, it will be helpful to scientists, and we can all learn from the experience. Plus, it will be fun!!!
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:57 AM   #22
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ID of bees is hard but the bumbles are easiest if you get a good shot of the abdomen. It consist of seven segments starting at the narrowed waist. The pattern of color on the abdomen along with the thorax can be a very good indicator.
These are the guides I use for Illinois.

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The body of a bee consists of three regions, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen.
The abdomen consists of seven visible segments.
The first is very narrowed and makes up the petiole (waist) of the bee,
while the seventh segment of workers (sterile females) and queens includes the sting
BeeSpotter - BeeSpotter Homepage

BeeSpotter - Illinois Bee Field Guide

BeeSpotter - Illinois Bumble Bee Female Key

BeeSpotter - Illinois Bumble Bee Male Key
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:33 AM   #23
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Ok....CURRENT PHOTOS it is!
Anything taken from now on....
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:45 AM   #24
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Great info, Gloria. Thank you.
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Ok....CURRENT PHOTOS it is!
Anything taken from now on....
For this thread, we can use current photos...but, I believe that the Xerces site stated that they want any samples from the past 10 years.
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I'll be adding a few past bumbles in a little bit.
I'd like to see If I lucked out and found any of those we are searching for in the past here.
I'm JUST about finished with working on a few visuals to add.
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~smile~ I have to admit that I'd love to find one (many, really) here on WG...even better to find that my (so far) small efforts had attracted them or helped support them.

The best results would be if all or many members found that their efforts were attracting/supporting them.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #28
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Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-bumble-1.jpg

Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-bumble-2.jpg

Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-bumble-3.jpg

I flipped the photos that were sideways in the link and merged a few so we could get a better view of what we are in search of.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #29
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Now we can view them without opening links.
Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-illinois-bumblebee-field-guide.jpg
Illinois Bumblebee Field Guide
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You are so kind! I told you that you were helpful.
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