The only one of three all-ginger bumblebees to be a member of the ‘Big 7’ widespread and abundant species, the Common carder bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum) is found in a wide range of habitats across the UK, including gardens.
The earliest of the carders to emerge in spring and usually the latest-flying of the bumblebees from summer nests (Buff-tailed bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, increasingly show winter-nesting behaviour).
Males, workers and queens are similar in appearance, ginger-brown all over, with no clearly delineated tail. Females usually have creamy-white sides to the thorax, while males are often yellower, with more obvious facial hair tufts.
Seen in the gardens of Chiswick House.