Bombus occidentalis, F, Face, Utah Co., Utah_2014-01-10-15.22.23 ZS PMax
What a lovely face. This bumblebee species has almost entirely disappeared from its West Coast range due to a recent epidemic sweeping through some bumblebee populations. However, the Rocky Mountain populations still persist and there is hope that the West Coast population will also recover and resume its place as one of the most common bumblebee species in the West. Note that there are several color variations of this species .... this one is representative of those found in the Rockies.
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