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Hello

We are on holiday in Norfolk, and I saw this bee feeding on a Rosemary in the grounds of Felbrigg Hall, grid ref 133:TG193394. It was all black, and seemed to have pollen on it’s legs. It was very blustery, so my pictures are rubbish, can anyone help with a possible ID from these terrible snaps??

     

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here is the other picture

     

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I know I am replying to myself! Could this be a hairy footed flower bee and not a bumblebee?? What I thought was pollen seem like it is yellow hairs??

     
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Hi Loug0412

Yes, this looks like an Anthophora plumipes female.
Frequently confused with bumblebees, but a common and quite largish solitary bee.
The males are brown with a pale mark on the face.
Watch for the unusual darting flight.
They work deep flowers.
I get them on Cowslips.

I hope this helps.

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Thank you Clive smile