Several on Arbutus unedo
Two bumblebee species feeding on an artichoke flower, B. terrestris and B. ruderatus, first time seen together. Phone photos out of focus, but banding visible.
Abundant. On the ragwort and thistles especially, but also in the convolvulus, crocosmia, and honeysuckle.
Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2–2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½–2 cm. The latter are characterized by their white-ended abdomens and look (apart from their yellowish bands being darker in direct comparison) just like those of the white-tailed bumblebee, B. lucorum, a close relative. The queens of B. terrestris have the namesake buff-white abdomen ("tail") tip; this area is...