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A mining bee?

Observed: 27th March 2011 By: Peter Orchard
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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There were lots of these small bees about today. Only .5" in length, they are very active not settling for long on leaves. I did not see any on garden or wild flowers but there are not many in flower yet. My limited insect field guide suggests that this might be A haemorrhoa purely because it emerges early but the brown thorax and absence of a coloured tip to the abdomen leaves me with doubts.

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definiely a male Andrena. Looks too dark for nitida. Perhaps A. carantonica (=A. scotica)

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jonmortin's picture


What bit is too dark? The abdomen looks right for nitida, but maybe the thoracic hairs are too pale for a freshly emerged nitida. A. scotica has a much hairier abdomen doesn't it?