Hairy-footed Flower Bee Anthophora villosula Smith, 1854Non-native  Synonyms: Anthophora pilipes, Anthophora plumipes.

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"A Japanese Bee in America. This is Anthophora villosula. An Anthophora that was introduced in the 1980s to Eastern U.S. for ag purposes, but its potential was never realized. Now, unfortunately, it is a common and spreading alien species dispersing from its original location in the Washington, D.C. area and will likely occupy much of the country at some point. It can be found nesting in the dry dirt under decks, in upturned root masses, and in the earthen plaster of straw bale houses such as mine, where it nests by the hundreds. It does favor the 'alien' plant community over the natives so it will be another interesting story to watch how it integrates and competes with the local bee fauna. Another rock thrown into the quiet pool of native bees and their flowers." (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

There are 16 records in the project database.

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A male Hairy-footed Flower Bee collected in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/17/2014). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

Close-up of the head of a male Hairy-footed Flower Bee. Per Sam Droege, "introduced into Maryland from Japan in the 1980s and now common in the D.C. region." Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

Close-up of the head of a female Hairy-footed Flower Bee. Per Sam Droege, "introduced into Maryland from Japan in the 1980s and now common in the D.C. region." Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Hairy-footed Flower Bee in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/15/2016). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)

An Anthophora plumipes in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Identification verified by John Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

A Hairy-footed Flower Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (2/23/2017). Verified by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A male Hairy-footed Flower Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/17/2014). Image processed by Brooke Alexander. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Hairy-footed Flower Bee colony found in an upturned oak rootball in Howard Co., Maryland (4/28/2018). Specimens collected and determined by Richard Orr. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)


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