Bet you didn't know that this week is National Pollinator Week. Initiated and managed by the Pollinator Partnership, National Pollinator Week is designed to raise awareness about the growing crisis of declining pollinator populations worldwide. The Pollinator Partnership does all kinds of other great things to support and promote healthy pollinator populations. For example, they publish regional planting guides that offer plant lists of pollinator-attracting plants, as well as tips to create healthy pollinator habitat.
I've planted a lot of flowers over the past year, and I've been amazed at the diversity of pollinators present in our yard. Here are some of my favorite bumble bee pollinators:
This one is a fuzzy, little yellow bumble bee which frequents raspberry plants. Maybe she is a Bombus mixtus? (There are many bumble bee species, but she seems to resemble other Mixtus specimens).