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)

@neylon has put together a more detailed guide for distinguishing Bombus impatiens, bimaculatus, & griseocollis

For some species, males can look quite different than females. In fact, at one point in the past, 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 about 4 years ago (Flag)

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

Posted by gcwarbler about 4 years ago (Flag)

Looks great!

Posted by cgritz about 4 years ago (Flag)

Excellent guide, thanks!

Posted by aguilita about 4 years ago (Flag)

Thanks, just what I've been looking for.

Posted by lfelliott almost 4 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 3 years ago (Flag)

Very cool, thank you!

Posted by muir over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thank you for this!!

Posted by kaphn8d over 2 years ago (Flag)

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

Posted by bioblitzok about 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!

Posted by aesbiologist about 2 years ago (Flag)

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

Posted by dirtnkids about 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago (Flag)


Posted by cwd912nb almost 2 years ago (Flag)

Excellent, Thanks.

Posted by arlonm almost 2 years ago (Flag)

Excellent, very helpful.

Posted by samwilhelm about 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks! Very helpful, trying to learn about the different bees in my area.

Posted by longhorns5766 11 months ago (Flag)

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