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What kind of bee is this?

I photographed this bee in Orange County central Florida. I did a quick google search to find out what kind of bee it was and didn't realize how complex the bee world was. I have it narrowed down to these two.

Bombus fraternus - (southern plains bumble bee)

Bombus bimaculatus - (the twospotted bumble bee)

Is it one of those? or is it another species?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/bumb...

    The smooth abdomen makes it a bit different from the ones I looked at but this is a link to BBs in Florida. Maybe it will help.

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  • 9 months ago

    Certainly Bombus genus, (bumblebee) Just can't peg your little friend.

    Having kept bees, I would love to keep a good colony of bumblebees. Different than honey bees though.

    Makes my day when I get one to drink a little honey from my hand.

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