Early Mining Bee

Andrena haemorrhoa

Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa

Quite a small bee which never really kept still, and quite a challenge to photograph with the camera I had at the time.

The rich gingery brown thoracic hair and the blue-black-brown abdomen with the gingery brown tip readily identify this small active, solitary bee. The male is much smaller than the female, and the male has a pale brown face whilst the female is white. Size 10 to 12mm.

Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa

Burrows are dug in many open habitats in which they make their nests. Feeds on pollen and nectar.

Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa

Seen March to July, and found in various habitats, including parks, garden lawns, sports fields, and similar places. A common species in Britain and across Europe generally.

Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa

June 2006, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2006.