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Andrena mining bee

Observed: 2nd April 2011 By: DluogsDluogs’s reputation in InvertebratesDluogs’s reputation in InvertebratesDluogs’s reputation in Invertebrates
Male Mining Bee 1a
Male Mining Bee 1b
Male Mining Bee 2

A small drab mining bee. If this isn't a male A. fulva, please tell me why so I can learn. Thanks! First 2 pictures are of one bee. Picture 3 could be a different bee.

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jeremyr's picture

male A. fulva are quite

male A. fulva are quite different, they're much slimmer, covered in less rufous hair. There's also a tuft of white hair on the lower part of the face.

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Dluogs's picture

Thanks both. I checked the

Thanks both. I checked the BWARs site but only found a female A. fulva in the gallery. I looked at several other sites, too. In part my reason for thinking it was A. fulva was that it entered a hole a female A. fulva had been using - see one of the other observation I posted yesterday. But I am still learning. It's a tiny garden - I didn't think it likely there would be more than one mining bee species in it. I was wrong. Latest count, 4!

Syrphus's picture

Keep counting! The species

Keep counting! The species you get are likely to change as the year progresses. I would expect other genera too (Lasioglossum, Sphecodes). And wasps.



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Tim Strudwick's picture

Andrena sp.

I agree that the identification should probably stop at Andrena sp., though everything about this says A.nigroaenea except the white hairs on the face which should be dark. However I suspect it is an aberrant female A. nigroaenea.