Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Erdhummel, Bombus terrestris.
Out in my backyard, i saw this bumblebee resting on one of the steps that lead up to our backdoor. He wasn't moving at all, even when I got close to him he stayed still. It was, however, a hot day out so maybe he was just hot.
Two: landing on grass and crawling into undergrowth; reappearing and repeating process. I assume they are looking for new nesting holes.
Possible queens as very large.
Bombus terrestris, the Buff-tailed Bumblebee or Large Earth Bumblebee is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2â€“2.7Â cm long, while the workers are 1Â½â€“2Â 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...