Bumblebees carefully stripping raupo seed heads of all their fluff, presumably to line their nests.
Occasionally observed visiting the flowers of koromiko (Veronica stricta var. stricta).
Having studied the options for a bit I think this is also a buff-tailed bumble - workers are smaller and less yellow in the butt than the queen seen elsewhere at the same time on the same patch of garden
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...