20 Jul 2020

Pollinator of the day #2 – Orange-legged furrow bee (Halictus rubicundus)

Ardd Fotaneg · Botanic Garden

This small solitary bee has stripes of white hairs across its abdomen and orange legs. It is a frequent flower visitor, preferring plants in the daisy family such as thistles and knapweeds. The orange-legged furrow bee can be found in a range of habitats including gardens and grasslands. It is one of the few solitary bee species that exhibits eusocial behaviour, however, this is much less advanced than seen in honeybees and bumble bees. This species is a host for the parasitic bees, Sphecodes gibbus and S. monilicornis.