Hi Rosie T,
Is this your first post? Welcome to the forum.
Your insect is a hoverfly not a bumble, most likely a large female Volucella zonaria [ is tergite 2 & the scutellum chestnut coloured?]; or the other possibility is slightly smaller Volucella inanis, which is yellow & black & has no chocolate. Check out “British Hoverflies” by Alan Stubbs and Steve Falk. Both hoverflies are impressive beasties. I’ve only had V. inanis this year so far.
Thank you so much, yes the Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, and yes my first post It may not be a bee, but it is doing a great job pollenating
Hi Rosie T again,
Coincidence ! This afternoon, I’ve just seen my first Volucella zonaria [plus chocolate] hoverfly of 2014, foraging on the blackberry flowers [Rubus sp.] in my garden in VC55. Just completed my BeeWalk No.6. at a local country park, but I only saw one Bombus pascuorum [worker I think] foraging white clover; and a dead Bombus terrestris male .
‘bye for now,