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large garden bumble bee

Large Garden Bumblebee Bombus ruderatus

One of our largest bumblebee species is found only in the south of England and is scarce even there after a considerable decline through the 20th century. Widespread across this range, but never abundant where found. All three castes are similar, with a yellow-black-yellow thorax, a yellow band at the base of the abdomen, and a pure white tail. Image: Maurice (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust