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Annual First Bumble Bee Contest

Starting in 2023, the Mola Lab initiated an “Annual First Bumble Bee of the Year Contest”.

The rules are simple, find a bumble bee (and prove it) before anyone else in Larimer County, Colorado, and you win a pitcher of beer (or its equivalent) at a Mola Lab Happy Hour, where you will be the guest of honor.

In 2023, Janet Hardin of CSU’s Agricultural Biology Department became the first winner after observing a Bombus huntii queen on April 9th, 2023. The queen was foraging on Townsendia hookeri in the foothills on the edge of Fort Collins. Fittingly, the Townsendia hookeri is known as Easter Daisy, and Janet’s observation was made Easter morning.

Full details of the contest are in this image: