There were a lot of bumblebees, mostly tree bumblebees – Bombus hypnorum – in the garden today, joined by a couple of honey bees. They were mostly enjoying the cotoneaster.
Although this one was patiently waiting for the honeysuckle to flower.
There were an awful lot of them up in this tree. It is a “smoke tree” of the genus Cotinus. It currently has these tiny yellow flowers.
Later they will form these floofy purple clouds.
It is a tall tree and I am very short, so I just snapped away at the top of the tree where the bees were and then cropped the photos.