Body length 7 to 9mm. Both sexes have a dark abdomen with contrasting pale lines between the segments, pale buffish hair on the thorax and dark hair on the face. The female has dense bright buffish/orange hairs on the hind femur.
They can be found in a wide range of habitats and feed from a wide range of flowers.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in southern Britain and Wales, as far north as the Midlands and showing signs of a northward expansion. Can be locally common in Nottinghamshire and recorded occasionaly at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to September.