The Shetland bumblebee is one of my favourite invertebrate species I have encountered in Shetland and I have written about them previously.
The Shetland bumblebee (Bombus muscorum agricolae) is a subspecies of the Moss Carder Bumblebee. They are very distinctive with an orange thorax and yellow abdomen.
They are widely distributed across Shetland in a variety of habitats including grasslands, gardens and moor. They are usually seen between May and October but can be seen earlier on warm Spring days.