with reddish orange tip to tail (just about visible!)
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An interesting pattern on this one. Normally the abdomen is white between the strips of black, sometimes yellow, but this one is half and half.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
There were quite a lot around, but we didn't see any females, which was a bit peculiar. I have more pics if that would help with confimration. I'll upload one. :-)
I am not doubting the ID. It is normal to see flocks of males only when they emerge (later here than down your way!), especially on thistles.
Lat/Lng: 52.6384, -1.9817
OS grid ref: SK013045
Post-industrial heathland, nature reserve managed by Walsall Countryside Services.