Painted Mining Bee - Andrena fucata

Description

Females most resemble A. varians and A. lapponica but have a white-haired face, white hair fringes on the sternites and brown rather than blackish hairs on the pollen brushes of the hind legs. Males are one of the species with very long mandibles that have a triangular projection at the base. The yellowish-brown hind tarsi and rather long but sparse hair fringes along the hind margins of the sternites help separate them from males of helvola and lapponica.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

It occurs in a variety of habitats, especially in and around blossom-rich woods and can cope with moorland edge.

When to see it

Univoltine from mid-May to mid-July, exceptionally early August.

Life History

The nest burrows are usually solitary.

UK Status

Found throughout much of Britain and Ireland, this is a fairly frequent species but rarely ever common.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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