Anthophora plumipes

Anthophora plumipes

The Hairy-Footed Flower Bee is a species of bee belonging to the family Apidae.

They are present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in North Africa. In the 20th century, the species has been introduced into the U.S.

The adults grow up to 13–15 millimetres long and can be encountered from March to June, feeding and collecting pollen and nectar on early flowering plants, mainly on , Boraginaceae species , Lamiaceae species and Fumariaceae .

The body is densely hairy, most often gray in males and black or brown in females, but there are numerous color forms over the species' geographic range, which have resulted in this species being described under many different names. The middle legs of males are very elongated with long tufts of black hairs on the tarsi , used as a visual signal during mating. Males are also distinguished from females by having the integument of the lower face yellow, rather than black.

These solitary bees do not build colonies. The females usually make nests in clay slopes and steep walls of mud, where they excavate cells, which they fill with pollen and nectar , laying a single egg on each pollen mass.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilyApidae
GenusAnthophora
SpeciesA. plumipes
Photographed in
Bulgaria