Rusty patched bumble bee

Rusty patched bumble bees in Bloomington

The rusty patched bumble bee, an endangered species, was discovered at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. Last summer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Biologist Nicole Menard was conducting an insect survey in the area and came across five rusty patched bumble bees. 

“The bee is really easy to see when on the flowers and to get a good look without disturbing,” Menard said. “We encourage folks to just take photos. You need a federal recovery permit to do more.”

A rusty patched bumble bee has a tan blotch on its back just behind its wings. If you think you see one, try to take a photograph and report your finding to iNaturalist at blm.mn/Inature or Bumble Bee Watch at blm.mn/beewatch. Do not disturb the bees or their habitat.