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Bombus melanopygus edwardsii


Bombus edwardsii is a subspecies of Bombus melanopygus that lives is most of California and Southern Oregon. Bombus melanopygus lives along the border of Northern California up into Alaska and across into Alberta and down into Utah.
Bombus melanopygus edwardsii is a vary early Bumblebee that works furiously polluting Arctostaphylos species, Ribes species, (Native Gooseberries and Currants) and some Cultivated Plum Varieties.
On rainy days in January and February, this little bee is the buzzer that's flying around trying to find a dry flower. They seem to get quite irritated, irrationally so, but , with only a million or so brain cells they've not adapted to rain forming drops at the end of the flower tubes on Manzanitas and many Ribes.
Bombus edwardsii Bumblebee on Austin griffin - grid24_12
"edwardsii" color form of Bumble Bee - Bombus melanopygus on Arctostaphylos Austin Griffiths
Bombus melanopygus edwardsii on Arctostaphylos patula - grid24_24
Bombus melanopygus edwardsii on Arctostaphylos patula
Bumblebee, Bombus melanopygus(edwardsii) on Ribes malvaceum - grid24_24
Bombus melanopygus edwardsii on Ribes malvaceum
This Bombus melanopygus edwardsii was working a Plum flower. - grid24_24
This Bombus melanopygus edwardsii was working a Plum flower.