I spied this sleeping bumble bee, very likely a queen, on my way up the drive early this morning. Curiosity got the better of me before I hit the kitchen door, so the books and computer came out before the teapot. The U.S. Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership, along with a number of other organizations, have collaborated to publish “Bumble Bees of the Western United States,” made available on the Xerces Society website. It’s packed with beautiful photos and clear, informative text and diagrams to help people better understand and identify these amazing native pollinators. My son and I couldn’t properly identify this one without rousing her from her daffodil bed. Maybe next time.