Andrena nitida


A large Andrena with, when fresh, bright, foxy-brown hair on the thorax and a polished black abdomen. Females have thin apical side-bars of white pubescence on abdominal segments 1 to 3, and males have copious white facial hair.

Identification difficulty

May be found in a variety of open grassland habitats.

When to see it

April to June.

UK Status

This species is fairly frequent throughout southern Britain, becoming scarcer towards southern Yorkshire, its most northerly known county.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map