On the 11th March I did a blog on the Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) – see here. This is one of the first bees to emerge at the beginning of the year. The individuals that emerge first are always the males. Around 2-3 weeks later the females appear. Yesterday I found a female in my garden.
When I first saw it I thought it was a bumblebee – on closer inspection I saw it had the red hairs on the hind legs which are characteristic of the female.
Approaching a primrose – red hairs on the leg still visible.
Here is the male for comparison – yellow tufts on the face.
The hairy feet on the male are quite visible in this picture. The males and the females are quite different in appearance.
Good to see spring unfolding according to plan.