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Variable Cuckoo Bumble Bee

Bombus variabilis

This species is found in the Eastern Temperate Forest and Great Plains region of the midwestern U.S., with scattered occurrences on the southeastern coastal plain, southern Texas, and southern Arizona, across Central America, Guatemala, and Mexico.


Conservation Status

This species is considered one of the rarest of all North American bumble bee species, having been collected only a few times in the past twenty years, and not at all in the last decade. Relative abundance has been consistently downward since the 1920s, reaching zero in the recent decade. Read More