Hairy-footed Flower Bee - Anthophora plumipes


The male has long hairs on the lower parts of the middle legs, especially near the feet. Males and females are very different, with the male being orange and the female all-black. Confusion with other species is not likely in early spring as no common bumblebee is entirely black nor are the brown bumblebees generally as richly coloured as the male Anthophora. This species is able to hover well.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, parks etc. visiting tubular flowers such as Lungwort and Red Dead-nettle.

When to see it

March to May.

Life History

Nests in the ground and in the soft mortar of walls.

UK Status

Although found throughout Britain, records are very heavily concentrated in the south.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Our Champion for the Hairy-footed Flower Bee is Ginette Pardoe.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map