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Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Bombus crotchii,
Orange Rump Bumblebee

Bombus crotchii is a fairly diverse Bumble bee. Usually it's a duller yellow than the other species. Likes like a dirty old bee. But sometimes it can have orange on it's rump and look pretty.

The natural range for Bombus crotchii is from about Redding south into Baja.

We seldom see them here, but usually once a year one wonders in so the nest must be a 1/2 mile or so away.
Bombus crotchii, Crotchety Orange Rumped Bumblebee. It flew off when it saw me. - grid24_12
Bombus crotchii, Orange rump bumblebee
Bombus crotchii, Orange Rump Bumblebee on a Salvia clevelandii flower (from behind) - grid24_12
Bombus crotchii, Orange Rump Bumblebee on a Salvia clevelandii flower
Orange Rump Bumblebee, Bombus crotchii working Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine' - grid24_12
In flight the Orange Rump on this bumblebee really shows up.
Bombus crotchii, Orange Rump Bumblebee on a Salvia clevelandii flower  - grid24_12
The Orange butt Bumblebee on a pretty purple flower