Grey-patched Mining Bee Andrena nitida

Andrena nitida (Müller, 1776)

Length 8.5-12.5 mm.
The females are larger than the males. A distinctive bee with foxy-brown hair on the thorax and a polished black abdomen.

It tends to choose nesting sites on both flat and sloped turf but may also occur in cultivated lawns and sheep-grazed pasture.

Seen late-March to mid-July, and found in open grassland habitats. Also seen in gardens visiting flowers. Common and widespread throughout southern Britain up to Yorkshire where it becomes scarcer. Not known in Scotland.

Identification of species reconfirmed by an expert at iRecord.