Grey-patched Mining Bee: Andrena nitidi | Nature Notes from Dorset

Sadly I have not been able to find out much about the grey-patched mining bee (Andrena nitidi) and the best source of information can be found on the Bees, wasps and ant recording society's web site here: http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/andrenidae/andrena-nitida. For those of you not wishing to follow the link here is a summary of some of what is known about this species.
This is a large species of mining bee (one that excavates a nest under ground). It has a reddish (foxy) brown thorax and a shiny (polished) abdomen but the female has grey hairs on the thorax which is where the common names comes from of course. It is a fairly common species

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