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Mining Bees?

Observed: 23rd March 2011 By: BDeed
Merseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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Description:

Around 20-30 of these bees, a mixture of male and female swarming over a dry loose soil bank, there were masses of tunnels with female bees still emerging and digging back in.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

BDeed's picture

A. clarkella

I have also just had an email back from the county recorder who has identified it as Andrena clarkella. Thank you for the correction.

eucera's picture

Recorder

Is that Carl Clee??

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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BDeed's picture

It is, over at Liverpool

It is, over at Liverpool Museum, also told me to look out for a cleptoparasite called Nomada leucopthalma.

Matt Smith's picture

Nomada leucopthalma

If you know the nest site for A.clarkella, just stand there for a little while on a sunny day when the bees are busy and look out for similar sized, but thinner,"wasplike" black, brown and yellow insects hovering about the burrow entrances These are almost certainly N.leucopthalma, which is the Nomada bee associated with Andrena clarkella.

A quick look at my local nesting site in the root plate of a fallen tree had both the Andrena and the Nomada flying in good numbers last Friday.

http://www.bwars.com/imagesbwars/Gallery/Brian&Stephanie%20Little/Nomada...

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eucera's picture

Good news

Excellent! There have been a lot of records of A. clarkella this year. This wonderful weather has been perferct for them.

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

BDeed's picture

Its the first time i have

Its the first time i have seen, or at least noticed them. I actually saw the same kinda thing at a reserve nearby, though there was only one female. Is it likely to be the same species?