Guide to Bumble Bees of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana

Identifying bumble bees can be tricky, but once you know what to look for, the species within this region can be recognized fairly easily (as long as the photo shows the key characters).

Hopefully, this guide will be helpful: Guide to Bumble Bees of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas (and probably Missouri)

For some species, males can look quite different than females. At one point, B. pensylvanicus males were classified as a different genus! Males and females of B. sonorus and pensylvanicus can be compared here (assuming they're annotated correctly):

I'm far from being a bumble bee expert, so let me know how this can be improved.

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Posted by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton, June 09, 2018 12:56



Another great guide — tagging these folks that they’re aware of it too:
@cgritz @itmndeborah @kimberlietx @brentano @briangooding @aguilita @gcwarbler @tfandre @tadamcochran

And again, lots of these folks are excited to meet you in person in either Acton or Palo Pinto! ;)

Posted by sambiology almost 3 years ago (Flag)

Superb guide. Now to go out and find some of these!

Posted by gcwarbler almost 3 years ago (Flag)

Looks great!

Posted by cgritz almost 3 years ago (Flag)

Excellent guide, thanks!

Posted by aguilita almost 3 years ago (Flag)

Thanks, just what I've been looking for.

Posted by lfelliott almost 3 years ago (Flag)

This is amazing. Huge amount of work but beautifully done. Hope it inspires others to do the same.

Posted by colinpurrington over 2 years ago (Flag)

Very cool, thank you!

Posted by muir over 1 year ago (Flag)

Thank you for this!!

Posted by kaphn8d over 1 year ago (Flag)

I am starting to learn the bees. Thanks for creating this reference!

Posted by bioblitzok 11 months ago (Flag)

Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!

Posted by aesbiologist 11 months ago (Flag)

Fantastic! Great work and I appreciate the share. :D

Posted by dirtnkids 11 months ago (Flag)

It does cover most all of the ones you would likely see in MO, from what experience I have so far with the literature here. Occasionally there are couple more Eastern/Northeastern species that can wander in.

Posted by jfaupel 9 months ago (Flag)


Posted by cwd912nb 9 months ago (Flag)

Excellent, Thanks.

Posted by arlonm 9 months ago (Flag)

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