Bumblebees are often the first bees we see out and about in early spring. They are active in conditions where other bees “stay at home” due to 1) their ability to absorb heat from even weak sunshine; and 2) their thick, fuzz of hairs acts as insulation to keep them warm. Just like the individual pictured here, these first bumbles are queens. After waking from hibernation, the queen finds food and looks for a good location for a nest. Once a nest site is found, she lays her eggs and stores up food for herself and her offspring.
Photo by Karen Weaver on 4/4/20 in Missoula, MT