On the left you have photographed a lovely Early bumblebee with its orange tail. You are correct about the Common carder.
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Great shots Richard. What equipment are you using?
Beautiful clear images Richard, a real delight
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Thanks very much for replying to my post, really helpful and I need help!
I just used a micro lens and stood and waited for bees to come near.
Looking forward to seeing, photographing and learning more about bees.
Elaine is right about the i/d. The bumble in the pic on the left near to the white Pieris bells, is a Bombus pratorum worker with pollen load. The other is Bombus pascuorum approaching Lonicera purpusei - an excellent early flowering shrub honeysuckle that is good for winter-active bumbles too. As for information sources, on this website,click on “About Bees” and look at the identification section - great for anyone beginning to get to grips with bumbles i/d. Keep watch and see how many more species you come across now that the sunny weather has just about arrived! Make a note of the flowers they are visiting.