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Old May 14, 2014, 2:22 am   #1
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Tricolored Bumble Bees.

While in Manistee N.F. this past weekend morel hunting, I got buzzed by several Bumble Bees. I noticed some were colored orange and thought they were covered with pollen. I took a picture of one and saw it was actually an orange stripe.
Searching online I learned that these are called Tricolored Bumble Bees.
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They will buzz around you a few times, but then leave when they see you're not a flower.
Expect to be buzzed by a few of these while out in the woods.
Here is a pic I took.
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Old May 15, 2014, 7:01 pm   #2
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Re: Tricolored Bumble Bees.

Very cool. Can't remember ever seeing them.
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Old May 15, 2014, 10:09 pm   #3
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Re: Tricolored Bumble Bees.

I saw quite a few of them. Maybe they only fly a certain time of the year, when the forest wildflowers start coming up.
I don't recall seeing them anywhere but in the woods in the spring.
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Re: Tricolored Bumble Bees.

I saw quite a few carpenter bees the other day. No bumbles...
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