A head of a specimen of Bombus affinis from the tip of Long Island, collected by the fabulous Roy Lantham a Potato Farmer, naturalist, and insect collector. From what I know, Roy (now passed on) was quite the eccentric, but he made very valuable contributions to all sorts of natural history fields from his collections of local plants and animals.
[Aside: A little sidebar here: Why not do a little self check-in here to assess whether you have made any sort of permanent contribution to the natural history world].
Roy’s permanent contributions form reference points from now until we depopulate ourselves and the insects once again take over. Photograph by Greta Forbes.
A series of pictures of a queen and a male of the northernish bumble bee Bombus vagans.
Still a reasonable common component of northern Appalachian systems, its been retreating from its lower elevation and southern edges over the last century. Whether the issues are climate change or the myriad of other factors that control what critter occurs in what place is hard to come to firm conclusions. In any case these came from a collecting expedition and Bioblitz in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Note the long face and the first 2 abdomominal segments with yellow hairs. Plush! Photographs by Brooke Alexander.