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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild March -

Warm March sunshine should rouse a few gar­den bees from their win­ter slum­ber, in­clud­ing this bum­ble­bee-looka­like. Also known as the hairy-footed flower bee, it has un­usu­ally long-haired legs, but they aren’t a fea­ture you tend to no­tice, par­tic­u­larly as this soli­tary bee likes to dart rapidly be­tween flow­ers. Most in­di­vid­u­als will be bright ginger males. You may also spot some of the strik­ingly dif­fer­ent, small, all-black fe­males – if one pauses long enough, look for an orange tuft on her last pair of legs.

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