Andrena ovatula


Length 7 to 11 mm. This is a small, dark species of solitary mining bee. There are several similar species and detailed examination is necessary. The females are the easiest sex to identify. The hind margin of tergite 3 with a complete band in fresh individuals (broken in wilkella and similis), the band on tergite 4 much broader than wilkella and similis and hairs at tip of abdomen dusky brown rather than orange-brown.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats including hedgerows, flower meadows and post industrial areas.

When to see it

Usually seen between April and July but occasionally through to September.

Life History

Feed on the pollen of various flowers.

UK Status

Mainly a southern species in Britain with most records concentrated along the south coast of England.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Bradgate Park record of 6th June 2013 was the first record of this species in VC55.

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

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