Wednesday, April 29, 2009


To the best of my identification abilities, this is a female mining bee of the family Andrenidae. These are small-medium sized bees that nest in ground burrows. Generally these bees are solitary, but they may also nest close together. There are approximately 1,200 species of adrenids in North America in three subfamilies (Andreninae, Oxaeninae, and Panurginae). The genus Andrena contains most of the bees of Andreninae, and are common spring time bees. I wish I could identify the species, but the hairs make it difficult to see the body structure.

Hymenoptera; Aculeata; Apoidea; Andrenidae; Andreninae; Andrena
Common Name: Mining Bee

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