Early Mining Bee - Andrena haemorrhoa

Description

Length 8 to 11 mm. The thorax is foxy brown on top; the abdomen is black, except for the rear end, which is foxy brown again. The male is much smaller than the female and its hairs are much lighter colour, tending to grey or even white.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Around potential nesting sites such as gardens, playgrounds, sports fields, paths and the sides of roads.

When to see it

March to June.

Life History

Females are often seen nesting alone, but groups of females do occur, even though these groups are never very big.

UK Status

Widespread and common species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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