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Just goes to show that bumblebees are not the 'easy' group some poeople think.
Who said they are easy!!? Have managed to find another photo of the bee taken at the same time which would seem to lean towards it being a red-tailed.
Thanks to everyone who contributed an ID.
As an aside to Syrphus, can I ask what 'Jizz' means in this context? Its not a word I want to put into google!
I suspect you can Google it safely - or if you can't it is a new one on me! It has been around for a good few decades. It is the indefinable quality that allows someone who is familiar with a species to identify it (or get very close) without seeing any of the fine details mentioned in keys and guides. The birder who can tell the difference between Greenshank and Redshank even in silhouette, or in this case the difference between two red-tailed bumbles. Jizz and the first impression is often as accurate with experienced naturalists as detailed examination of obscure bits under a microscope, but it does take some time to acquire the necessary familiarity.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Ah! I understand exactly what you mean, thanks for clarifying that.
I did have a try googling it - I would advise anyone else NOT to link it with the word 'animal' in google - which is where my confusion came from!
I did of course, and I see exactly what you mean! Time for a new word perhaps ...
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