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UK Nature  > Bees  > Andrena flavipes

Scientific Name:   Mining Bee
Scientific Name:   Andrena flavipes

Andrena flavipes is a very common mining bee in the UK. Not only is it very common in England and parts of Wales, it also regularly appears in great numbers. The white bands between the tergites are striking. Males and females are quite similar, except for the hairs, especially on the head. These are whitish grey in males and reddish brown in females. The males are also slimmer and lack the dense brush of orange-yellow hairs on the hind leg (shown on the female in the photo above).

The nests of Andrena flavipes are constructed in the ground, and are often found in dense aggregations in suitable,exposed banks and cliffs, tended lawns, flower beds, roadside verges and in sparsely vegetated field margins.

It is not a specialized feeder: any flower may be be visited and checked for the presence of nectar. A.flavipes has two broods per year; the spring generation, seen mainly in April and May, is usually bigger than the summer generation, flying about in July and August. It is spreading northwards nowadays, both in Britain and Europe, and was recently recorded in Sweden.
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