Monday, 18 July 2016

The fork-tailed flower bee

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.

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