May be the same as recent posting - not sure so have posted anyway
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..been back to BWARS and would never have come up with pratorum for any of the 3 postings that I have just done due to the colouration seen in the photos. Maybe the variation in colour needs to be posted on BWARS?
The problem is that, despite all starting off nice and colourful and "standard", bumblebees can fade very badly if exposed to sunshine and get very tatty, bald and battered and it would take a lot of photos to document all of the possible variations.
This one is still fairly recogniseable, whereas something like Bombus lapidarius which has faded from black with a scarlet tail to chocolate brown with a white tail can present a bit of a challenge.
..will obviously take a lot of practise to get these bumblebees right. I think I need to catch them early and then watch for fading.
Lat/Lng: 51.3758, 1.3258
OS grid ref: TR315693