Body length 10 to 16 mm. A black bee with a bright reddish pile on the thorax. The abdomen is a shiny black. There are white hairs on the sides of the first three segments of the thorax.
A wide range of habitats are used, including gardens and cultivated countryside.
Status and distribution
Common and fairly widespread in the south of England and the Midlands. Less common further north. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to July.