This little beauty is the large carder bee or Bombus muscorum.
While widespread in Ireland it is not common and classed are having a near threatened conservation status. I don’t get them in my garden so was real treat to find them on a visit to the north coast of Mayo earlier in the week. Here is the large carder (right) alongside the common carder (left).
You will notice the large carder on the right is larger is size and has a blonde abdomen.
The Lens-Artist challenge this week is to show your favourite fences. In County Mayo, west of Ireland, fences tend to be functional boundaries for livestock, often composed of post and wire fencing. I actually much prefer wooden fences, but they are few and far between here in the west.
These fences are not pretty objects, but are often found in nice places, like along the coast, where they are sometimes unwelcome.
Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo, Ireland