Fork Tailed Flower Bee - Anthophora furcata

Alternative names
Fork-tailed Flower Bee

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.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Reported from gardens, woodland, grasslands, moors, heaths and fenlands.

When to see it

Univoltine; late May to August or early September.

Life History

An unusual Anthophora species, which excavates its nest burrows in rotten wood, rather than in the soil.

UK Status

Widely distributed in England and Wales; it is the only Anthophora species recorded from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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