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This is not a bumblebee, it is a bumblebee-like moth, commonly known as Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, and scientifically named Hemaris tityus.
Adults of Hemaris tityus (Lepidoptera - Sphingidae) are extremely similar in appearance to bumblebees, and gain a level of protection from this mimicry. The wings are transparent with a thin brown border, and the body is furry and banded. It is 41-46 mm wingspan.
The Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth has a single generation each year (it is ‘univoltine’). Adults are active in the day between mid-May and mid-June, and can be seen visiting the flowers of various species in sunshine.
Hemaris tityus has a local distribution in the western Palaearctic, and has been recorded from most European countries.