One of the most beautiful bees that visits my garden is a late summer visitor and is a frequent visitor to the Salvia.
She also likes to visit the Verbena bonariensis and is the eighth bee I hope to have identified.
Here she is cleverly camouflaged on the stalk of lavender.
I managed some close-up photographs which I found difficult to apply to Anthophora species. I now think she is Amegilla albigena. Her facial markings agree with a photograph in Atlas Hymenoptera and her lovely white hairs on the hind tibiae are distinctive.
I was concerned I could confuse her with an Anthophora but Amegilla do not have an arolia – that is a little pad between their toes or tarsal claws.
This Anthophora shows what I mean. There is a pad between the two tarsal claws.
So many beautiful bees pass through the garden. In the summer the Hollyhocks are very popular with a variety of bees. I caught this shy looking male Anthophora in a Hollyhock. I think it could be Anthophora bimaculata, male Tetralonia malvae – see comments.
This could be a female Anthophora bimaculata – Tetralonia malvae female – see comments. She has beautiful long silky hairs, perfect to gather pollen on her hind legs.
I managed to photograph this little beauty which I thought was Anthophora bimaculata but she flew away before I could take another picture. Anthophora are fast movers!
I’m still left with lots of Anthophora to identify which will probably have to wait until next summer but I know more now what to look for.
But I think the toes have it for my Amegilla (Zebramegilla) albigena.