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Bumble Bee Identification Guides

Identifying bumble bees may seem intimidating and sometimes it takes an experienced researcher to make a solid verification. But many species can be identified by amateur naturalists with the use of guides and practice.

There are 48 species of bumble bees in the United States and in the eastern United States there are 21 species (not too many to learn!).

Here is a great training video to walk you through identification of species you may see

(developed by University of Minnesota Extension):

Recording of bumble bee identification training: webinar recording 
 

Slides from webinar: ID slides

Also, check out these guides:

Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States by the U.S. Forest Service

Guide to Minnesota Bumble Bees (females) by the Minnesota

  Bumble Bee Survey

Guide to Minnesota Bumble Bees (males) by the Minnesota Bumble

  Bee Survey

 

Step-by-step bumble bee identification: Interactive ID guide

 

Pocket Guide to Identifying the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee by the

  Xerces Society

Minnesota Bee Atlas Identification Resources

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade Field Guide

Bee Spotter Key

Bee Identification: Is it a rusty patched bumble bee

From the  Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States by the U.S. Forest Service

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