Rusty-patched bumblebees in La Crosse Blufflands

images of rusty patched bumblebees
Tom Rhorer

While in the field with plant surveyors from the Monarch Joint Venture, the team reported seeing more rusty-patched bumble bees than monarch butterflies! Tom Rhorer photographed them (above). The location was at the Mathy quarry in the La Crosse Blufflands. The bumblebees were enjoying a patch of bee balm.

Bumble Bee Brigade is a good resource. If you photograph rust-patched bumblebees, please send your photos submitted there, preferably in 48 hours.