On hebe flowers.
Bumble bee at Paradise Valley Springs
Bumble Bee in Rotorua
Bumble Bee in St Heliers
Looked like a queen searching for a nest site - at this time of the year???
Note last photo, which seems to be showing phoretic or parasitic mites.
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...