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Posts Tagged: Bombus occidentalis

Look Out, Franklin's Bumble Bee, They're Coming for You!

Bumble bee expert Robbin Thorp of UC Davis with his computer screen showing a photo he took of Franklin's bumble bee, now feared extinct. He last saw it on Aug. 9, 2006 in a meadow near Mt. Ashland. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Look out, Franklin's bumble bee, they're coming for you! The question is: Where are you? Have you managed to "hide" all these years or are you extinct? A “search party” of scientists and citizen scientists is forming to look for Franklin's...

Western Bumble Bee Making a Comeback

This Western bumble bee was found on Mt. Shasta on Aug. 15, 2012. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Incredible. Absolutely incredible. The Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) seems to be making a comeback of sorts in some parts of the West. Reporter Michelle Nijhuis, in an Oct. 14th article in High Country News, wrote that this species  was...

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Eureka! A Western Bumble Bee

Close-up of a male Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) found Aug. 15 at Mt. Shasta. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Many of us in California have never seen the Western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) Many of us never will. Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, worries about the declining...

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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