A cuckoo bumblebee
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Thanks for that comment.I have been wondering for some time if cuckoo bumblebees bees prevent Volucella bombylans from nesting on our site, so getting a reliable morphological distinction between cuckoo and non-cuckoo bees is important in trying to answer that.
Hi Grant, I'm no expert in bumble bees, I think it is this species but an expert agreement would be nice. I'm sure Syrphus will confirm it or put me right. Regards Chris
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I didn't upload all the images I obtained; I'll see if any of the others help clarify matters. The mention of the purple flower was significant in raising the possibility that the iSpot site could be used for crowdsourcing the question of colour preferences in bees (and other insects).
I'm inclined to agree with the ID as Bombus pratorum, but we just can't see the tail properly. Female cuckoo bumblebees stand out as having rather smoky wings, whereas these look quite clear.
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