This might be a White-tailed Bumble Bee but it seems to be very short and square looking and would appreciate a fuller ID.
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Do you have a shot from the side ?
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No, sorry Chris, it flew off before I could get a side shot.
No contradiction Syrphus, in fact B.hyp, did cross my mind, as I have come across females & workers with a 'tonsure'-
devoid of hair- already this season& it's nothing to go by , but the white tail does look like that of B. hyp.
This looks like male Bombus and, given the location and the colour pattern I would suggest B. jonellus. I have seen active male jonellus on the cliffs at Hordle at this time of year.
Something that I should have added at the start and it is that this bee was about two thirds that size of the usual white-tailed that I have seen in this area.
Looking more like B. jonellus now with the size info as well
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