Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) – This is a small shaggy-haired bumblebee, and probably my most favourite of the bumblebees – if I really had to choose one. I adore its colour combination of bright orange tail and lemon-yellow abdominal and thoracic bands. But they are little devils to photograph, for they are always so brisk and busy in their work. I count myself lucky to get the shots I have here when this one visited my rear garden back in May. It is a male with long yellow hairs on his face.
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