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Old 07-22-2011, 09:22 AM   #41
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Would this by chance be the one we are in search of?
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:43 PM   #42
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hava, hope you don't mind me jumping in here. That is not the B affinis,only patches of the second segment on the abdomen are rusty.
Pictures B affinis.
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Jack , most bumbles you will encounter will probably be B impatiens. That looks like one.

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Would this by chance be the one we are in search of?
Growing up, I never noticed any bumblebees with that coloration...until moving here.

I didn't bother trying to distinquish which of the two yours is, but I think only Bombus rufocinctus or B. ternarius have that much of the rusty color. B. affinis seems to have only a tiny patch of the color.
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hava, hope you don't mind me jumping in here. That is not the B affinis,only patches of the second segment on the abdomen are rusty.
Pictures B affinis.
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Jack , most bumbles you will encounter will probably be B impatiens. That looks like one.

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Excellent sites, Gloria. I needed to read what they had to say. I had no idea, by the way, that most bees I spotted would be B. impatiens. Hence, I find it reassuring that I ID'd the bee accurately.

This is a steep learning curve, but an enjoyable one.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:21 PM   #45
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The Bee spotters ID people also answer questions for us.
Read at bottom the answer to my bald bee.

pollinators-welcome: April Bumble Bees In The Backyard - Chicago
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The Bee spotters ID people also answer questions for us.
Read at bottom the answer to my bald bee.

pollinators-welcome: April Bumble Bees In The Backyard - Chicago
Terrific! It appears you will be invaluable to this quest for affinis

This is an important link here; I hope you don't mind.

pollinators-welcome: Bombus affinis: a "rara apis" Spotted in Illinois

I love the photographer's reaction to the hubub his picture caused. But that was 2009. Are they recovering any by 2011? declining? same...

What is a habitat that they prosper in? these important question we as a group could help to answer.
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Great blog, Gloria!
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:43 PM   #48
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Ahhhh I see the difference now,,,, We are looking for one that has a SINGLE band of rust.
Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis-dscf5518.jpg
NOT a duo band of rust as in this final photo of its series.
I'm learning........

Now that I've located and added a dorsal view I think I can safely say it is a B. ternarius as it has the the black bow and arrow, shield, Hmmmm Gotham like? shape upon its back.
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Great blog, Gloria!
Yes, Gloria...and I've been thinking this for weeks now, but have not got around to saying it: I *love* the title of you blog "Pollinators Welcome".
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...it has the the black bow and arrow, shield...
Hey, with phrases like that, I might just learn how to do this too.
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