Many of us are spending a great deal of time at home these days. Just last week, I had the pleasure of doing my part to help a native bumble bee back to the great outdoors.
I live in a 115-year-old house in Enumclaw. Despite recently re-siding our house, it appears that a rather large (likely queen) bumble bee emerged while I was working from home. I was able to record a brief video before I captured it, and then again as I released it. A beekeeping friend of mine pointed out that there is an app for identifying, reporting pollinators, so thought I would share that and some additional information with you.
In my initial attempts to identify the bumble, I first went to the following resources:
Bumble Bees of the Western United States – U.S. Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Washington Bumble Bees in Home Yards and Gardens FS263E – WSU Extension
My friend recommended the app from Bumble Bee Watch – https://www.bumblebeewatch.org
Another great resource is iNaturalist, which also has an app.
Or if you think you know what it was, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.