“Be careful!” she buzzed as she flew around me on her way to the flowers on the hill.
At over an inch long, she was the largest and noisiest bumble bee I had ever seen. I kept a respectful distance while watching her collect pollen from the false gromwell flowers.
I searched the bumble bee field guide: Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide by Paul Williams, et al., for her identity. She was a queen black and gold bumble bee.
According to the maps in the field guide, there are 10 bumble bee species that call this area home. Three more bumble bee species might be residents.
A queen black and gold bumble bee collecting pollen from false gromwell flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, June 18, 2018.
Take care and thanks for reading.