Clip of the week – female pantaloon bee returning to burrow, UK


The hairy-legged mining bee or pantaloon bee takes its name from the golden brush-like hairs on the hind legs of the female, which serve to collect pollen from flowers such as hawkweed and dandelion. This species is the only one in the genus to occur in Britain. Take a look at more images of this species below, including the males which do not share the hairy legs of the females. We have also created a new gallery showing the best of our bee video, including honeybees, bumble bees, mining bees and various other species.