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Happenings in the insect world
by Kathy Buell
on April 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM
There is a strange and beautiful bumble bee squad nesting in the old bird house on my porch. It has a rust band, yellow and black. I looked it up and it may be the rusty patch bumble bee. I've never seen one before. Apparently they are declining. What can I do to protect or encourage it? I know nothing about bees. I may contact a local beekeeping supply store here in Gladstone Oregon. We are near Portland. Maybe the Xerces society here in Portland would like to know? Please advise. Thank you
by Drew Dixon
on April 21, 2015 at 3:49 PM
I know this article is a little dated... Hopefully, someone sees this. I can confirm the existence of these bees in northern Colorado. Being from Georgia, I had never seen them before and was surprised to learn that in Georgia I should have seen them- but not necessarily so in Colorado. Email me at for more info, I just want to pass along the message that they have been found! :)
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