Andrena nigroaenea


Females are the size of a Honey Bee with dense brown hairs on the thorax and slightly paler hairs covering all of abdominal tergites 1-4, which contrast with the darker, blackish hairs on tergite 5 (which is often dark under the hairs). The pollen brush on the dark hind tibia is neat with even-lengthed orange hairs. It also has dark fairs on the face.

Males are mainly brown-haired with black hairs on the clypeus and up the sides of the face.

Identification difficulty

Females , Males


Areas with dry sandy soil such as heathland.

When to see it

Males fly from March onwards and are one of the first species to appear in the Spring. Females may be found from April into July.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Buffish Mining Bee
Species group:
Bees, Wasps, Ants
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
30/04/2012 (Helen Ikin)
Last record:
17/05/2024 (Pochin, Christine)

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