Andrena chrysosceles

Description

This is a small Mining Bee. The abdomen may show gingery hairs or be almost bare, but has obvious paler stripes. There is a ginger tuft at the tip of the abdomen.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Often seen on spring or early summer flowers.

When to see it

Mainly May to July with occasional specimens around October.

UK Status

Spring emerging specimens have over-wintered as adults, but those that emerge later in the year have probably over-wintered as diapausing prepupae.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map