Oregon Outdoors writer Mark Freeman goes on the hunt for one of the rarest bumblebees in the Pacific Northwest -- the Franklin's, which hasn't been seen in Southern Oregon since 2006.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists spent four days on the backside of Mount Ashland surveying the presence -- and absence -- of varying types of bumblebees. Along the way they find another bumblebee you might as well call Atilla the Hun.
Called the cuckoo bumblebee, it lays its eggs in another bumblebee’s nest to do all the work of raising her young, who then will do nothing to contribute to the nest. She’ll even sting the host queen bee to death before she lays her eggs.
You'll also learn how to catch bumblebees safely, how to tell them apart, and why it’s important to keep on the lookout for the critically endangered Franklin’s.