We were digging up some potatoes and may have unearthed this rather smart looking bee. (Though it did appear a little less than pleased at being uncovered. One moment it wasn't there, the next it was on top of a fresh mound of turned earth.)
I assume that it's a bumblebee, and it's the first time I've ever seen this one. It appeared to have a white front to its head, white at the back of it thorax, black abdomen with orange at the sides, and appeared to have white legs.
Any suggestions appreciated. (We live in Shropshire if that has any bearing...)
How cool is that? I'd never heard of leaf-cutter bees. Ants are the obvious ones!
Now you've suggested that, I've done a bit more digging - sorry - and found this page:
Going by this picture, Megachile Centuncularis seems to be the closest candidate.
Thanks for your suggestion!
I agree with norwegica (Dolichovespula I assume?) that this is Anthidium - here are pictures from my garden last month, I notice that the larger males eventually get a bit tired and faded and spend more time on the ground than they are airborne. I suspect this was the case with yours rather than it being dug up.