White-tailed bumble bee

This white-tailed bumble bee was feasting on meadowsweet. I love its shining eyes, luxuriant hairiness and bulging pollen sacks. It was wonderful to see so many insects that morning thriving in the warm sunshine and abundance of food.

Sunday morning 21 July 2013, a greenway, Culzean Castle estate, Ayrshire.

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white-tailed bumble bee on meadowsweet flowers

white-tailed bumble bee on meadowsweet

white-tailed bumble bee on meadowsweet

white-tailed bumble bee on meadowsweet

white-tailed bumble bee on meadowsweet