Buff-tailed bumblebees are a member of the bee genus Bombus, which are part of the Apidae family.
My apologies for the photo being a bit blurry, the camera on my phone was unable to take a clear photo of this bumblebee as it was buzzing and flying so fast!
Bumblebee visiting flowers of Darwins Barberry.
Bumblebee searching along the side of a forest track, under regenerating native bush.
In size, coloration and markings, this one looked like a queen.
Bumble Bee feeding on spring onion flowers.
Formerly though to be an Madeiran endemic species, Bombus maderensis, genetic studies have shown Madeiran populations belong to the Iberian subspecies of Bombus terrestris, Bombus terrestris lusitanicus. Bombus ruderatus is also present in Madeira.
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...