Found feeding on our garden Buddleja.
Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: June 12, 2004
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Bumblebee flying through area monitored for pests. Although colours are distorted (infrared sensitive camera), it clearly has a single pale band across the the abdomen and a pale tail. Probably a queen looking for somewhere to create a nest, or maybe just foraging as the weather is sunny.
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On hebe flowers.
Bumble bee at Paradise Valley Springs
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...