Wild Wednesday: California Bumble Bee

Two characteristics that identify the California bumble bee (Bombus californicus):

  1. Hair. Like all bumble bees, this California native is VERY hairy.
  2. Color. Black face (sometimes called the black-faced bumble bee), yellow fuzz at the front of the thorax that makes it look as though it is wearing a yellow scarf, and a yellow stripe toward the bottom of the abdomen.

If you’re interested in native bees such as the California bumble bee, here are two wonderful resources:

UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

Native Bee Guide from the Oregon Department of Agriculture

Ca bumble bee face

About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc., Chairperson of the San Diego District of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209), Garrett’s solid understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of managing online reviews for positive impact. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal is accredited by QualityPro–the mark of excellence in pest management.

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