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Click on the bee that most closely matches the pale-band pattern for a yellow/white-tailed bumblebee (A3). 'Pale bands' refer to the most anterior dorsal transverse bands of hair of any colour other than black, and where the band must cover parts of the body other than the 'tail' or head.

pale band white
341 pascuorum1 342 funebris1 343 dark bifarius convexus lucorum patagiatus343 pale (click here)14 344 senex1
pale band yellow
331 ecuadorius humilis laesus terrestris4 332 (click here)9 333 dark (click here)333 pale (click here)59 334 dark gerstaeckeri hypnorum oceanicus steindachneri334 pale (click here)12
pale band brown or red or orange
321 lucorum1 322 hypnorum1 323 cingulatus pascuorum2 324 dark (click here)324 pale (click here)14
pale band olive
313 sitkensis1 314 luteipes picipes2
pale band absent (black)
300 (click here)13
  pale bands absent 1 pale band only,
on abdomen
1 pale band only,
on part of thorax
at least 2 pale bands,
on thorax, or
on thorax and abdomen
all pale,
at least on thorax

Numbers beside the colour-pattern diagrams show the numbers of species in each colour-pattern group. When you move the mouse over a colour-pattern diagram, either it lists the species with that pattern, or if the species form a significant geographical colour group, then it shows the group code. Clicking on these groups links to the pages on the group. This colour-pattern classification was derived using workers alone and therefore excludes Psithyrus.


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