Tag Archives: Bumblebees

Bombus Californicus or Fervidus

I saw this furry critter out in Palm Desert (photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis website) and I was happy to see it. I had not noticed any around our backyard near Los Angeles for a while. It may be that we don’t have enough flowering plants right now to attract them.

These are the black furry bumblebees with the yellow spot near their heads. I researched them a bit and found a post on the UC Davis website  about these bubblebees and that they are now called Bombus Fervidus. I have read that the bubblebee is declining especially in Europe.

What kinds of bees are in your neighborhood and do you have bumblebees?

An interesting Bumblebee conservation Fact Sheet from the Xerces Society.