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sub species - Bombus terrestris audax
Possibly the earliest bee to be seen and the largest to visit gardens. The queen is 2 cm or more, the workers and drones are of a more common bumblebee size: 14 to 17 mm in length. Sometimes British specimens have a buff or orangey tail, which helps with identification.
Gardens, parks etc - February/March to October.
This is the Bee that was attacked by the 'Hornet' in my previous spotting