- Both sexes have a ginger thorax
- Abdomen black with a white tail
- Males with ginger hairs on the face and the anterior (front) end of the abdomen
- Not likely to be confused with other species as the white tail and ginger thorax are distinctive
- A new arrival in Ireland , first found in 2017
A wide range of habitats are used but seems to favour wooded areas, parks, gardens and scrub. Can be readily seen in urban gardens.
An aerial nester, utilising old bird boxes, tree crevices or the eves of houses.
Polylectic, foraging on species such as Rubus, Cotoneaster, Salix, Prunus, Cirsium, Dipsacus, Lamium ,Rhododendron
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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- Flowers visited and nesting biology: Falk & Lewington, 2015 Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. Bloomsbury Press