October 2, 2014

Red-Belted Bumble Bee

We found this bumble bee on these yellow tansy flowers. At first, we thought it must be a honey bee because of the red stripes on its back. I didn't know there were so many kinds of bumblebees! You should definitely take a second look the next time you see one.

Photo taken August 2014

There are actually a few different kinds of bumblebees with red stripes. 

Common Name: Red-Belted Bumble Bee
Scientific Name: Bombus rufocinctus
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
                              Family: Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble and Honey Bees)
                                   Subfamily: Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-Horned, Orchid and Digger)
                                        Tribe: Bombini (Bumble Bees)
                                             Genus: Bombus
                                                  Species: rufocinctus (Red-Belted Bumble Bee)

Photo taken August 2014

Photo taken August 2014

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