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Please enter your record below for Hairy Footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes. Identification is relatively straightforward as long as one does not mistake the females for a small black bumblebee. The Dark-edged bee fly also has a similar darting hovering flight, but is rather smaller and, like other flies, has only one pair of wings rather than the two pairs of bees and other Hymenoptera. The brighter male Anthophora plumipes flower bee has s fringe of very long hairs on the mid tarsus (see picture above) and has a yellow face, but of course both these features may be difficult or impossible to see when the bee is in active flight. For help using this form please see notes at the bottom of this page.
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