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Old 07-19-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Be on the Lookout for Bombus affinis

Xerces is in a focused search for this bumblebee. Once numerous, it is extremely rare now and, perhaps, on the edge of extinction.

A handy one page bumblebee ID guide is here. B. affinis is on what would be the cover. If you spot one, notify Xerces immediately!!

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/upl...s_pocketid.pdf
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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The Xerces Society Bumble bees: rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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I'll have to look for a photo I took recently... I saw one that looked very similar--but only got one shot of it. More than likely it is Bombus rufocinctus or B. ternarius, but I will look into it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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I'll have to look for a photo I took recently... I saw one that looked very similar--but only got one shot of it. More than likely it is Bombus rufocinctus or B. ternarius, but I will look into it.
An interesting quest would be to photograph bumblebees each day and then go in and ID them and keep documentation. I will start tomorrow. Dap, you should join me and we can compare species. If a day or two is missed, no big deal. It would be rewarding if we found this guy in one of our flower beds!!! And, if nothing else, we will gain expertise in Bombus knowledge!!

Want to go for it???
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An interesting quest would be to photograph bumblebees each day and then go in and ID them and keep documentation. I will start tomorrow. Dap, you should join me and we can compare species. If a day or two is missed, no big deal. It would be rewarding if we found this guy in one of our flower beds!!! And, if nothing else, we will gain expertise in Bombus knowledge!!

Want to go for it???
I'll try to commit to taking the photos...hope I can keep up on IDs.

It would be very gratifying to know our habitats were attracting this now rare species.
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I'll try to commit to taking the photos...hope I can keep up on IDs.

It would be very gratifying to know our habitats were attracting this now rare species.
No pressure involved - that would ruin it. BUT, when you're out taking shots, keep one aspect of your mind on attempting to get a couple of shots of Bombus, and then id him when you get inside. I'll do the same.

I think it could be interesting, even if we don't accomplish finding B. affinis.
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No pressure involved - that would ruin it. BUT, when you're out taking shots, keep one aspect of your mind on attempting to get a couple of shots of Bombus, and then id him when you get inside. I'll do the same.

I think it could be interesting, even if we don't accomplish finding B. affinis.
I often photograph them anyway, so i will try...I'd love to find out that the one I'm thinking of actually is B. affinis.
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I often photograph them anyway, so i will try...I'd love to find out that the one I'm thinking of actually is B. affinis.
We can start a thread on the picture quest. It will document the different species we identify, and the differences from Mass to Penn, etc.
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We can start a thread on the picture quest. It will document the different species we identify, and the differences from Mass to Penn, etc.
Cool. Go for it, I'll do my best to post my photos there...you can help me with the IDs.
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