15 May 2013 02:00 PM
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??
15 May 2013 02:03 PM #1
15 May 2013 02:26 PM #2
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??
15 May 2013 02:52 PM #3
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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