I photographed this whilst at Heale Gardens, Wiltshire at the weekend. This plant – a particularly vivid blue species of Sea Holly or Eryngium was attracting lots and lots of bees. I think the species might be ‘x zabelli’. They are quite striking plants – the blue is almost unreal. If I had a sunny enough spot in the garden I would have a couple of these plants – the bees love it.
I’ve done a bit of research to try and identify this species of bee, which hasn’t been straightforward, and I think they are White-tailed queen bumbles, or Bombus lucorum. I stand to be corrected though.