This looks to me (not an expert) like a Common Carder bee. I think the Tree bumblebee has a clearly defined white tail on the abdomen, and a dark band between the ginger thorax and the tail.
It’s a really good photo – and I wonder if you could tell me what camera you used? I have recently bought a Fuji 350, an updated version of my last broken one which took quite good photos, but the new one is no good for bumblebee photos – I only get blurred ones! I would be grateful for any recommendations from you – or from anyone else reading this.
With best wishes,
I agree with Kit.- Common Carder Bee = Bombus pascuorum.
What flower was it foraging? Looks the right shape for a long-tongued bumble, which is what your bumble is..
Tree bumbles,B. hypnorum are short-tongued bumbles.
Many thanks for your advice Kit and Urbanbumble. Kit, you asked which camera I used. It was a Panasonic G5 . It was the first outing for this camera body (I’d upgraded from a Panasonic G1). I just sat on the grass watching the bees visit the clover and made sure I had set a high shutter speed to capture the bees in motion. I was a bit lucky with this one.
Thanks for the helpful camera recommendation.
Hope you enjoy many more successes with your camera.
Have you thought of sending the photos to the Beewatch website -
where you can upload photos for identification?