Black-tailed Bumble Bee
( Bombus melanopygus edwardsii )


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PHOTO COMMENT
The Black-tailed Bumble Bee is another very common Bumble Bee in Oakland. It is a subspecies of the Orange Rumped Bumble Bee (Bombusmelanopygus) , which has black, yellow and red setae. It is smaller than the Yellow Faced Bumble Bee and setae (fur) appears softer. This bee is named for the black patch of setae that appears at the very end of its abdomen. In the Bay Area there are five common species of Bumble Bee. Each can be identified by the arrangement of colored patches.

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Bombus melanopygus edwardsii
(Nylander, 1848)
Common Name:Black-tailed Bumble Bee
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Family:Apidae
Subfamily:Apinae
Tribe:Bombini
Taxon Code:HYM00092
ITIS/TSN:714820

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Similiar in appearance to B. vosnesenskii, but considerably smaller and fuzzy. Yellow bands of hair appear on the forward thorax, at the rear of the thorax, at the base of the abdomen and near the rear of the abdomen. The terminal band of hair on the abodomen (tip) is black.
Description
Similiar in appearance to B. vosnesenskii, but considerably smaller and fuzzy. Yellow bands of hair appear on the forward thorax, at the rear of the thorax, at the base of the abdomen and near the rear of the abdomen. The terminal band of hair on the abodomen (tip) is black.
Body Length
20 mm

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
BugGuide .
ITIS ITIS TSN#.
Guide to the Bombus of San Francisco - by Quinn S. McFrederick


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