Fork Tailed Flower Bee - Anthophora furcata
A medium-sized (10 to14 mm), hairy solitary bee. Unusually for Anthophora the mandible is tridentate, with both an inner and outer subapical tooth. It has a long tongue, almost as long as the body length when extended, and brown eyes. The male is dark, with chestnut-brown hair when fresh and a characteristic yellow face with little hair. Females are all brown, with a fringe of reddish hairs at the tip of the abdomen, and pollen collecting hairs on her hind legs.
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Reported from gardens, woodland, grasslands, moors, heaths and fenlands.
Univoltine; late May to August or early September.
An unusual Anthophora species, which excavates its nest burrows in rotten wood, rather than in the soil.
Widely distributed in England and Wales; it is the only Anthophora species recorded from Scotland.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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