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Bombus is about, the count is on

Bees are a critical part of food security
Bumble Bee
This Bumble Bee was busy dining among the colourful zinnias in a Hamiota flower bed. This may be a Bombus occidentalis (Western) or terricola (Yellow Banded).

From now until Sept. 30, The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count is on and you can participate.

Two-thirds of the food crops humans eat everyday require bees and other pollinators to successfully produce a crop. With the health and productivity of honeybees, bumble bees, and other pollinators in peril, scientists want help to monitor the number of bees around us.

Bumble bees are wild, but not dangerous unless you disturb their nest, which is usually built at ground level.

These big buzzers are not hard to photograph, but they are tricky to identify.

Sending in a photo is the best way to participate in the bee count. There is a downloadable mobile phone app to make it easy to snap and send off a photo.