Bumblebee at pond’s edge

Bumblebee at pond’s edge

Observation - Bumblebee at pond’s edge - UK and Ireland. Description: The bee, I presume, was using this means of taking on water in the course of a spell of dry weather. It remained in this position for at least six minutes, without revealing whether the yellow/orange band on the thorax remained comparatively dark in the o

The bee, I presume, was using this means of taking on water in the course of a spell of dry weather. It remained in this position for at least six minutes, without revealing whether the yellow/orange band on the thorax remained comparatively dark in the open.
The abdominal yellow band can be seen as continuous through the wings.