Andrena flavipes.

Andrena flavipes.

Observation - Andrena flavipes. - UK and Ireland. Description: A swarm of several hundred mining bees at a prime nesting site. The photos show a male by an occupied hole, and an attempt at mating which broke up when too many males tried to get in on the event. I also saw a Bee-fly and a Cuckoo-bee flying among them

A swarm of several hundred mining bees at a prime nesting site. The photos show a male by an occupied hole, and an attempt at mating which broke up when too many males tried to get in on the event. I also saw a Bee-fly and a Cuckoo-bee flying among them.