A New Year and a First Bumble Bee

 Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey  1/2/12

A New Year and a First Bumble Bee

What an unexpected find!

It was the first day of 2013 and what did we see: a queen bumble bee,  Bombus melanopygus, aka black-tailed bumble bee.

Like scores of others, we decided to take a walk on Jan. 1 in the Benicia State Recreation Area. Located in Solano County, just outside the city of Benicia, the 447-acre park on State Park Road offers a view of the Carquinez Strait amid lush grasslands,...

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