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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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05 July, 2015

Andrena bicolor: a solitary mining bee: | Nature Notes from Dorset

An amateur naturalist's knowledge is always going be restricted by the quality of reference material available which is usually going to be a field guide. I have looked for years for a top quality field guide to insects but have yet to find one so inevitably I photograph a number of insects I can never identify. 

n the early spring we have a number of these small bees in our garden. They are less than half an inch long they fly around almost continuously, perching only briefly on a leaf before launching off again. I believe this to be Andrena bicolor, a 'mining bee'; one that nests under ground and you often see little 'volcanoes' on sandy soils from which they have emerged or where they intend to lay their eggs

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