Remembering Summer Bees



I know everyone is busy with holiday preparation, so just a few words about some bees I saw in June.

I’ve seen this bee before — it’s Bombusfervidus, commonly called the golden northern bumble bee.

But it has always managed to fly away before I could take a photograph.

I snuck up on this one while its head was deep inside a wild bergamot blossom.

See all the furry yellow stripes on its abdomen?

The bumblebees I usually see are these common eastern bumblebees, Bombus impatiens. Note the black abdomens and short yellow jackets. I saw all the bees in this blog post in Brooklyn Heights.
I also sometimes see brown-belted bumblebees, Bombus griseocollis, like this one. Note the “hip-length” furry jacket.
The golden northern bumblebee again — I’d call that a “knee-length” yellow fur coat if bees had their knees where ours are.

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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