Grey Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria

    Alternative names
    Ashy Mining Bee
    Description

    The females are black, and have two broad ashy-grey hair bands across the thorax. The males are similar, but the thorax is entirely clothed with less dense grey hairs, and has a very pronounced tuft of white hairs on the lower face. The male has white hairs on all femora; the female has white hairs only on front femora.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Around nest sites such as sandy banks.

    When to see it

    This bee has a single flight period each year and is on the wing from early April until early June; the males emerging well before the females. Peak activity coincides with the flowering periods of fruit trees such as pear, cherry and apple.

    Life History

    Although a solitary species, large aggregations can sometimes nest in one area.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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