Very fuzzy picture just put it on as I don't remember seeing this pattern on bumblebee often. It was in the corner of a plant photo.
No interactions present.
No wonder I had not seen it often living in the flat south east!
Only monticola has that much red on the gaster (>half). Despite the name it is frequent on low ground, and sometimes even on the coast. A beautiful bee which is declining seriously in most of its range but still quite common in much of Scotland.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
It says that they are a restricted species declining everywhere, food plants are bilberry,sallow,bird's foot trefoils,white clover and raspberry they nest just underground at the base of tall heather or bilberry small nest with fewer than 100 workers.I have not become suddenly knowledgeable on bees but got a rather good book on them which is excellent.It may be worth reporting your observation to B.W.A.R.S or bumblebee conservation trust
The confirmed observations from iSpot are being passed on to BWARS - we've only recently started doing this and it may take some time for the data to be fully checked and incroporated into the main BWARS database but in principle it is happening!
Entomologist and biological recorder
That is good to know .
I have just added the record to the HBRG set, so it will be with NBNG and BWARS by the end of the year (a new hectad record, but put that down to low recording effort in Argyll).
Thanks. I suspect that particular location is very good for bees if anyone else wants to go there to look for other species. Loads of different plants in flower all through year and sheltered.
Lat/Lng: 56.235006944444, -5.5577980555556
OS grid ref: NM796104