Virtually adopt a Rusty Patched Bumblebee to help support Natural Areas programs that help monitor and protect bumblebees in Milwaukee County.
Digital adoptions include a certificate in recognition of your adoption, a fact sheet about the animal, a bumblebee sticker, a Milwaukee County parks print map and updates throughout the year about the work the Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas team does to monitor and protect bumblebees.
The federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee was once abundant throughout the eastern United States, but is now extremely rare and considered globally imperiled and at risk of extinction. Queens are the largest members of the colony and are focused on egg production, while worker bees are smaller and spend their time acquiring resources for the colony. All rusty patched bumble bees have entirely black heads but only workers and males have a rusty reddish patch centrally located on their backs.
Rusty-patched bumble bees are found where there are diverse and abundant flowering plants in proximity to suitable overwintering sites for hibernating queens. This can include prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and urban parks and gardens.
Their preferred nectar plants include hyssop, asters, goldenrods, sunflowers, bergamot, blueberries, cherries, and plums.
Double your impact - This donation is part of our $10,000 Natural Areas matching challenge! If we hit $10,000 in donations by June 20 the amount will be matched.