© foto: Nigel Jones
Sachembijen have a little bumblebee-like appearance: they are thick and have a hairy fur and a long tongue.
They can be recognized by the extended middle legs (except the Andoornbee). These are remarkably thin and provide little support when standing, they are too long. These middle legs have long black hairs.
This bee got their Dutchname from biologist dr. Jac.P. Thijsse (1865-1945) who referred to their tassels, they appear on the fringe at the trousers of an Indian chief of the tribe Sachem.
These bees brood in colonies on steep river walls, embankments or walls.
Seven species of Anthophora are on the Dutch Red List (RL), only four of them are regular seen since 1950.
|Dutch name||Scientific name||Rareness||Number|
|RL||Mooie sachembij||Anthophora aestivalis||extinct||080001|
|RL||Kleine sachembij||Anthophora bimaculata||extinct||080002|
|RL||Noordelijke sachembij*||Anthophora borealis||extinct||080003|
|Gewone sachembij||Anthophora plumipes||not common||080006|
|RL||Zwarte sachembij||Anthophora retusa||rare||080008|