Body length 10 - 15mm. In the female the thorax has a dense brown pile and the abdomen has buff hairs except for the fifth segment, which has black hairs. The hind tibiae have short dense orange hairs for pollen brushes.
Found in many habitats where it is open and sunny and there are flowers to feed from.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in England, Wales and the Scottish lowlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to June.