I was outside yesterday trying to take a few close-up photographs of a Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) flower – which was probably a bit daft really as it was very breezy (again) and the flower was nodding in and out of sun and shade alternately. Anyway, it was my second or third attempt at a shot, when this beautiful bumble bee decided to dive into the flower as I was attempting to photograph it, and I was very fortunate to capture a shot of both flower and bee in a nano-second of semi-stillness. The bumble’s head is buried amongst the numerous stamens.
I think this bumble is a Bombus pascuorum which is one of 6 widespread species of Bumble Bee in the UK. The Natural History Museum website has lots of excellent information on ‘Bumblebees of the World’, including a very good bee identification guide, and although I’m not sure of the colour of the tail, the gingery colouring on the thorax and the ‘shagginess’ of the hair point towards him/her being a B.pascuorum. I’m not sure if he/she is male which would have a black-tipped tail or a queen/worker which has a white tip.
Along with the Natural History Museum website, the BBC Nature website has some interesting information and some short videos about bees.