Bombazine black

Bombazine was a silky twill invariably dyed black and worn as mourning clothes in Victorian times and beyond. I think of this when I see Bombus bees aka bumbles, with their black patent bodies striped with white and citrus in various patterns.

Often its only in death that we get to see the bumblebee in a detailed close-up. The workers only live 2-6 weeks and when we see them seemingly drunk in flowers they are usually at the end of their working days. Only if we find significant numbers all around should we contact the UK’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme

Joining the weekly prompt photo challenge: Black