Andrena praecox


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

Identification difficulty

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.

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

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