The expression “drowned rat” came to mind when I found this bedraggled bumblebee.
Over the last two days more than 5 cm (about 2 in) of rain has fallen in sudden heavy downpours. Not everyone found shelter before the storms hit.
Its usual soft fuzzy hair is plastered flat, exposing the shiny black exoskeleton — a new view of a familiar garden visitor.
A bad hair day? Definitely.
Bumblebee Bombus spp.