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Can’t decide what these are…I thought that they were early bumblebee males, they are much smaller than leucorum or terrestris

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I think your bumble is most likely a male Bombus lapidarius .  Edwards & Jenner indicates that it could be confused with B. monticola, if the orange-red tail extends over half the abdomen but I don’t get the latter where I live, so can’t be sure from your pic. 
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Thanks urbanbumble…I did wonder whether it was lapidarius but I have only seen one worker all summer….b.lapidarius have been very scarce in the garden for the last few years. I last noticed a lot them in the garden in 2004, there must have been a nest either in or near the garden…ever since I’ve been trying to remember what I was growing that year to draw them in smile

     
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I should add that I’ve seen a lot of these small bumblebees this year, s well as the much larger leucorum and terrestris

     

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Hi again,
This is a male Bombus pratorum - early bumbles that do a good pollination job on my raspberries.  These have mostly finished here now.
I agree with you about the lack of Bombus lapidarius this year.  I’m seeing more males now that ever I did the workers, so there must have been a nest somewhere local.  They do like foraging Campanulas - maybe the flowering period was out of sinc with the B. lap. workers and I missed their activities.
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