Rare Bumble bees in Pine Bush.
While identifying bee specimens from the New York State Museum, Field Ecologist and Entomologist Amanda Dillon came across some rare bumble bees collected in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Ashton’s cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus ashtoni) is a parasite on other rare bumble bees, most notably, the Rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) which was recently listed as a federally endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These species as well as three others, the Yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola), the Yellow bumble bee (Bombus fervidus) and the American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus), are all designated as High Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in New York State. All five species have been recorded in the Preserve since 1980 bringing our list of SGCN in the Preserve up to 75.