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720Re: [beemonitoring] Bombus auricomus? Photographed Sat July 18, Purcellville, VA

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  • Elizabeth A Sellers
    Jul 21, 2009
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      <http://www.flickr.com/photos/esellers/3709023916/> is indeed a video... I got tired of trying to capture a 'still' of what I thought was Bombus pensylvanicus - but may turn out to be auricomus - it was so wary of my presence. So I took a short video instead.

      Cheers, Liz (Sellers)

      From:Liz Day <lizday44@...>
      Date:07/21/2009 03:24 PM
      Subject:Re: [beemonitoring] Bombus auricomus? Photographed Sat July  18, Purcellville, VA
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      To me, it appears that:

      13, 14 on Monarda are male perplexus.

      9, 10, 14 on thistle are female X. virginica.

      1, 2, 11 are impatiens, I think - poor thing looks terrible.

      3, 4, 5, 6 are most likely female (queen?) perplexus.

      Those I saw labelled as brown-belted are correct.

      Those labelled as American bumblebee (pensylvanicus) on Monarda
      appear ...heck, they ARE, B. auricomus, the Black-and-Gold. Except
      the right-hand one here

      is far away, so I'm not sure on it.
      This one

      seems to be a video, which my worthless computer can't play.

      Anyone's thoughts?


      Liz Day
      Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
      (40 N, 86 W; USDA zone 5b)

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