Ashy Mining Bee: Andrena cineraria | Nature Notes from Dorset

The 'andrena' bees are often known as mining bees as they nest underground, usually in sandy banks and soil where it is easy to burrow. As a result they are quite often seen on the heaths of Dorset where they feed on heather. They are honey bees, collecting pollen from a wide range of flowers, but only the female takes pollen back to her nest to feed the young larvae. They are important pollinators of crops.
Seen in spring and throughout the summer, Andrena cineraria is best identified by its generally black body with white hairs, the thorax in particular has a lot of white hairs but these can wear and fade

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