Sunday, 30 September 2007

Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria)

Adult Ashy Mining Bee (subspecies A. m. mellifera) at Geddington Chase, Northants - June 2011

OTHER NAMES: Grey Mining Bee
Length: 15mm
Wingspan: 13mm
NOT EVALUATED IN UK IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The Ashy Mining Bee is one of the most distinctive of the "sand bees" found in Europe, with it's unusual monochrome colour scheme making it fairly easy to identify in the field.  As the name suggests, they nest below ground in burrows, usually in areas with low ground cover like lawns or flowerbeds.  These particular bees were found in a grazed field on the edge of the village, which fits the profile.

Related Species:
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Andrenidae
Genus: Andrena
Subspecies: Unknown

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A widespread resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

No comments:

Post a Comment