What type of bee is this?

Hi all, can any of you please identify what types of bees are in my photos? They're by the coast in Ireland, if that helps!

Thanks

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,426
    I think this might be the white-tailed bumble bee.  Common in gardens and a useful pollinator.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Gal2Gal2 Posts: 36
    Thank you!
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,737
    Very hard to tell from the pics sorry. Could be one of a number of similar species. White-tailed is a good call or buff-tailed, garden bumblebee or even broken belted bumblebee, they all look superficially similar. There's also a number of cuckoo bees that imitate all of the above. Even experts need to stuff them into test tubes for an exact ID sometimes.
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