From Yellowstone National Park comes the powerful Bombus insularis.
This parasite of other bumblebees is one bad ass bee.
Collected as part of a high elevation study of the Alpine areas throughout the United States, with the idea that climate change first reaches the tops of things and the bottom of things (oceans that is). We are still writing up the results, so stay tuned. Photograph by Colby Francouer.
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