Apis maculata FABRICIUS 1781; Apis fulvipes VILLERS 1789; Apis modesta CHRIST 1791; Apis amoenita CHRIST 1791; Apis uncata SCHRANK 1802; Anthidium marginatum LATREILLE 1809; Anthidium obtusatum LEPELETIER 1841; Anthidium nigrithorax DALLA TORRE 1877; Anthidium fasciatum SCHIRMER 1915; Anthidium pervigil (HARRIS 1776[Apis])
Males of this strikingly-coloured, medium-sized bee hover and dart around patches of flowering labiates (and some other flowers) and regularly pursue other insects.
Widely distributed throughout much of southern England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north. Note the three Scottish records, all in Dumfries and Galloway. It is also found on the Channel Islands and on the Isles of Scilly (St Mary's). There are no records from Ireland. Recently (since about 1993) the bee has become locally common in many sites in southern England after a long period of scarcity. This species is certainly under-recorded in Britain.