This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Close-up. To have a look at the other entries go here.
I know I’m a little late with this – there’s probably a new theme up by now! – but I didn’t think I was going to post anything until I went out for a walk today. This picture was taken on my phone camera (Samsung Galaxy S4) and then had the clarity boosted in Camera Raw. The quality of the original, unfortunately, wasn’t the best ever (which nearly stopped me from using it at all) but I loved having the pair of bees both in focus.
The larger of the pair is I think a red-tailed bumblebee, the smaller possibly a white-tailed. The white-tailed bumblebees usually have more yellow in the banding across their thorax but I couldn’t find any other bees described that fitted it better. If anyone can identify it more precisely, please do let me know. The flower they’re on is a thistle.