Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Queen Bombus terrestris

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Queen
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Only the queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee has a buff tail.
Confusingly, the male and worker Buff-tailed Bumblebees (shown on separate page) have a white or off-white tail and are easy to confuse with workers of the White-tailed Bumblebee.
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with ice picks and ant
Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen on bizzy
She has ice-picks to hold on to vertical surfaces. The bar on the upper thorax and the one on the abdomen are orange rather than yellow.
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee on flower
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Queens on flowers
Buff-tailed Bumblebee probably
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
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Buff-tailed Bumblebee with parasitic mites This one is suffering from parasitic mites on its back
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with mites As is this one, particularly near the eye
Buff-tailed Bumblebee size comparison with pound coin Buff-tail queen size comparison with pound coin
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with parasitic mites
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with mites
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with mites
In fact, these parasitic mites on the back seem relatively common -- apparent as she opens her wings
Buff-tailed Bumblebee face The face
Buff-tailed Bumblebee stinging part The stinging part
Buff-tailed Bumblebee with pound coin Buff-tail queen size comparison with pound coin