Bombus terrestris mating.
feeding off lavender, moving too quickly to get a good photo
The buff-tailed bumblebee is largest of the european bee species. It has a very soft looking coat of hairs that actually help it collect pollen. These hairs are usually colored red and yellow. Now, this bee has a rather larger tail than other bee’s. Which is why it gets the name, “Buff-tailed bumblebee.”
The important thing to notice about this bee is that it’s not mainly yellow. The yellow on a normal be would be replaced by a gold texture.
bumblebee heading into nest hole.
I have trouble identifying bumble bees. It doesn't have a buff tail... and the flowers are small trumpets...
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...