Three more bumblebees today from Yellowstone N…

Three more bumblebees today from Yellowstone National Park, or should I say three more pictures of one bumblebee. 

These are shots of Bombus rufocinctus

This species is notoriously variable in its hair coloration. In this particular shot there is a great deal of reddish orange in the abdomen. But in others there may be absolutely no oranges and in its stead there may be several different patterns of black and yellow hairs. Notice how short the face is. The space between the eye and the mandible is extremely short and is one of the characteristics of the species. It gives the face a rounded look rather than a horse faced look. Pictures by Colby Francoeur

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