The Bumble Bee is without a doubt one of the most exciting combo morphs to come along. Developed in 2001 by NERD it was as a result of crossing a Spider with a Pastel Jungle. The resulting mutation took the positive attributes of both morphs and combined them to make the first ever new designer morph.
Word of its creation traveled fast and no one was left disappointed when they finally got to see one first hand and in person. The cross took the yellow of the pastel jungle and brightened it. It then took the pattern of the Spider and accentuated it. The result was eye-popping and truly one of the most beautiful morphs creations to date.
The other added bonus of the Bumble Bee is that it is what I refer to as a 'Triple Threat' morph. Meaning, that when bred to normal females you produce three different morphs - Bumble Bees, Spiders and Pastel Jungles. In addition you also produce normal wild type offspring. Now producing these fantastic morphs, especially the Bumble Bee became a whole lot easier! So in other words, when you breed a Bumble Bee to a normal ball python, you should produce - 25% Bumble Bees, 25% Spiders, 25% Pastel Jungles and 25% normals. It's a snake that produces snakes that cover 4 ranges of the market!
Bumble Bees can vary quite a bit in looks. I personally prefer true Spider pattern with little or no spotting combined with a nice yellow color. The high white sides that is common on the better Spiders also comes out nicely in the Bumble Bee but again it can vary greatly.
The pictures to the right give you examples of a good cross section of Bumble Bees. Bumble Bees have since been crossed to make other outstanding morphs including the incredible - Killer Bee.