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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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19 July, 2015

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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