Apis rotundata PANZER 1798; Anthophora saropoda LAMARCK 1817; Anthophora squalida LEPELETIER 1841
Both sexes can be identified by their yellow-marked faces and shrill hum. The male has pale green eyes in life, though this is a purely ephemeral character, the eyes becoming brownish-black after death.
Southern England and the Channel Islands (Sark). The species is widely distributed throughout much of Europe, from southern Fennoscandia to Spain, eastwards to at least Italy. However, this bee belongs to a group of species (sometimes placed in the genus Heliophila) which, in the western Palaearctic, closely resemble one another and are sometimes difficult to identify. A. bimaculata is the only representative of the group which occurs in Britain.