Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bumbling, stumbling bees

This morning was cool and overcast and although the bumblebees showed up for work on the Helianthus, they were definitely on the slow side, in need of a coffee or two. This plant is always abuzz with bees, but when it's warm they move from flower to flower so rapidly it is difficult to photograph them with a glacial focus-speed digital camera.

But today they were too stoned by thermal shortfall not to pose. I think these are workers of Bombus griseocollis, which is widespread in North America. Here is a site with an interactive key to help with bumblebee id.


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