I finally managed to "escape" today and visited Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for an hour. What a change in the weather - it was so nice to see the sun and some blue skies and not a rain cloud in sight!
I was rather pleased to get a photo of a bumble bee on some hawthorn blossom especially as all attempts at butterfly photos had failed dismally.
It wasn't until I got back to the car that "bells started ringing" and I remembered photos seen on other blogs (DDD and Abbey Meadows) and when I uploaded the photos it confirmed (pretty sure my id is correct this time - fingers crossed!) a Tree Bumble Bee. The first time I had seen this species - its made my day. Isn't the Blogging World wonderful? and many thanks to Dean and Abbey Meadows (and any other blogs I may have forgotten about) for alerting me to this species.
Tree Bumble Bees only colonised the UK in 2001 and they quickly became common in the gardens of Southern England and are rapidly spreading northwards.
I shall certainly be keeping an eye open in my own garden from now on for this species.
I will post some more pictures of the Gardens later in the week.