Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris

This is a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris which visited the garden. She had obviously been very busy and was dusted in pollen. I think she was tired and needed a rest, and she didn’t like me getting too close and disturbing her as she kept sticking up her middle legs, warding me off I guess.

May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

9 thoughts on “Queen

  1. Goodness me, a lying down bumblebee! We don’t get them here, although the large carpenter bees are frequently misidentified as such – I have only seen them being very busy.

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  2. ‘Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris’ – What a fantastic name for a Queen! Great shot Pete, I’m seeing her holding a leg up waving regally here, hehehehe.

    – Esme also a Queen but more of an Empress upon the Cloud

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