Andrena praecox

    Description

    Length 8 to 11 mm. This is a blackish bee with grey hairs. The female having more body hairs than the male.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Heathland and open woodland where there is sufficient sallow to support populations of this bee.

    When to see it

    Early March to the end of April or early May.

    Life History

    Nests in colonies.

    UK Status

    Rather local, but often common where it does occur, throughout much of southern Britain, as far north as south Yorkshire.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map