The 'garden' bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) is relatively easily identified because it is the only bumblebee commonly found in gardens which has a stripe at the posterior of its thorax as well as one at the anterior of its abdomen. These can look like a single stripe if not well seen, but you can clearly see them in this picture. The posterior of the abdomen ('tail') is whitish in common with several other species.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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