Category: bienen

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

The giant bumblebee (Bombus dahlbomii). 

A denizen of the southern Andes and widely believed to be in decline due to competition and perhaps spread of pathogens with two introduced European bumblebees that have invaded the region. You notice this bee when it flies by. Dramatically orange with yellow highlights on the traditional deep black integument of bumblebees.

#24.  In the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

#24.  In the KNOW YOUR WILD BEES CAMPAIGN

Wild bees are effective pollinators, they don’t provide honey but they are good pollinators of most crops (not all…for example almonds would be difficult).  Management is different than with honeybees.  Nice to know that we have backups.