Bumble bee identification on E-Fauna BC is handled by bumble bee expert Robbin Thorp, professor emeritus of entomology at the University of California, Davis. Now Robbin is co-author of an exciting new bumble bee book, published in May 2014. Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide is authored by Paul Williams, Robbin W. Thorp, Lief L. Richardson and Sheila R. Colla. It is a must have for anyone in British Columbia interested in learning about bumble bees, their identification, and photographing them in the field.
The publisher, Princeton University Press, says:
"More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions."
Bumble Bees of North America includes several photos by E-Fauna photographers Heinz Baum, Curtis Bjork, Werner Eigelsreiter, Brian Klinkenberg, and Rosemary Taylor.