Wednesday, 11 March 2015
WEDNESDAY, 11TH MARCH
I did see several bumble bees whizzing across the garden yesterday but this morning one appeared on the patio and stayed just long enough for me to fetch the camera and get one record shot.
I think this is a Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris). You can't see the tail in the photo but it was white and the golden-yellow bands (as opposed to lemony yellow) suggest this was Buff-tailed rather than White-tailed.
"...The black and yellow bumble first on wing
To buzz among the sallow's early flowers,
Hiding its nest in holes from fickle Spring
Who stints his rambles with her frequent showers...."
From "Wild Bees" by John Clare