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UK Nature  > Bees  > Andrena nigroaenea

Scientific Name:   Andrena nigroaenea
Common Name:   Mining Bee

Andrena nigroaenea is a solitary mining bee with an early flight period in spring and early summer. A conspicuously hairy, medium to large solitary bee, the thorax and the abdomen are covered in brown hairs. The brown hairs also extend down the hind legs. There is a patch of black hairs at the tip of the abdomen. The head is black and relatively hairless.

This bee has been recorded from a variety of habitats including coastal undercliffs, dunes and other sandy places, parks and even large gardens. Areas of bare, well-drained soils close to flower-rich habitats should be searched for aggregations of nests. This is where the adults will be most active. Foraging bees will be seen on flowers but only in warm and sunny weather. The Early Spider Orchid (Ophris sphegodes) produces a pheremone to attract male Andrena nigroaenea for pollination.
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