Yet another new bee in the garden. It is a yellow faced bee, but not a Yellow-face Bee, if you see what I mean. This is a male fork-tailed flower bee (Anthophora furcata). He has a very recognisable yellow face and a very long tongue so he prefers deep flowers such as this viper's bugloss. The female nests in rotten wood but I haven't seen one yet.
He's just as happy on open flowers such as geranium.
I'm beginning to think I should post a Bee of the Week! Something to think about for next year perhaps? You can read more about Anthophora furcata on a BWARS information sheet here.