Although distributions of bumble bees
in the United States have been defined broadly (Franklin, 1913; Mitchell, 1962), most range-wide treatments are dated and rarely contain geographically discrete records of occurrence.
Over the past few years, one bumble bee
in particular, the western bumble bee
, Bombus occidentalis, has caught his eye.
A FETED Welsh artist yesterday handed out free sketches to highlight the plight of the British bumble bee
At the same time, queen bumble bees
become very active.
So a detailed study into the lifecycle of the bumble bee
was commissioned as a starting point to solving the quandary.
In a bid to save the gravity defying insects, the trust has called on gardeners to help them find out how dependent bumble bees
are on garden flowers.
One of the most spectacular species is the red-tailed bumble bee
The image was of a big bumble bee
complete with its furry, fat middle and tiny, delicate wings - a welcome change from drawings of nuclear reactors and spaghetti-like circuit diagrams.
The Carder is pretty much brown all over, and the Red-Tailed bumble bee
is yellow and black with a red tailend.
Sue began by explaining the differences between honey bees, bumble bees
and wasps - discussing the important differences between their stings, swarms and nests.
Other types of bees, such as bumble bees
,are also suffering because of the loss of their nesting habitats and modern intensive agriculture.
The resulting colonies were exposed to parasites which commonly infest bumble bees