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Andrena (Melandrena) nitida

Observed: 19th June 2013 By: Stephen BoultonStephen Boulton’s reputation in InvertebratesStephen Boulton’s reputation in InvertebratesStephen Boulton’s reputation in Invertebrates

thank you Matt for the ID

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ignore the date matt I was

ignore the date matt I was going through a back log it was early in the year and all the research i have done have pointed to the andrena haemorrhoa i have other photos of the andrena nitida and its different .. of course im no expert


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one of my references is to

one of my references is to the book bees of surrey recommended by the BWARS , on plate 21 it shows in picture 3 a Andrena nitida with very dense red hair on the tibia where and little grey hair around face .. where as the andrena h has a very grey face and faint silver and red tibia .. also the slight difference in the shape of the eyes (just going of the book photos)



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Which bee - which photo

Looking at the book myself I'd say the picture of A.nitida on plate 21 of BoS has a pollen load on board, hence the "yellow" hind tibal hairs.

Look at the BWARS site. This is A.haremorrhoa with orange tibia

This is A.nitida, note the dark tibial hairs with a hint of white below which are a very good match for photo above. Also, the BWARS page has at least 1 picture of the species with a pollen load on board making the tibia "yellow".

This picture also appears to be the basis of another Observation from yourself - see which you initially identified as A.nitida. Do we have the right photo for this Observation?

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Hi Matt

HI matt sorry for the confusion (on my part) about the pics I have so many that im working though in a backlog for my blog. Also while I have been fascinated about bees for as long as I can remember ID'ing them is a new learning curve and I do appreciate your time in explaining what to look out for and what the difference's are between bees that look similar.. and I seem to find half the ID books quite poor at pointing these differences out.

So once again thank you for your time and patients