Length 8 to 11 mm. The thorax is foxy brown on top; the abdomen is black, except for the rear end, which is foxy brown again. The male is much smaller than the female and its hairs are much lighter colour, tending to grey or even white.
Around potential nesting sites such as gardens, playgrounds, sports fields, paths and the sides of roads.
When to see it
March to June.
Females are often seen nesting alone, but groups of females do occur, even though these groups are never very big.
Widespread and common species in Britain. Nature Spot
And here is one feeding on Forget me nots