I love the alliterative name, and they're quite striking to look at - with their bright orange abdomens, Mark Cocker describes them as looking like "animate furry fruit bonbons". I saw mine, predictably enough, in amongst the bilberry bushes on the Chevin, where I also saw a Green Hairstreak butterfly. The bees also feed on heather.
BILBERRY BUMBLE BEE
Updated: Nov 18, 2020