Andrena fulva – tawny mining-bee
A ground-nesting bee, that often nests in lawns and short turf. Common and widespread in England and Wales. In recent years it has been recorded in Scotland for the first time. It is very restricted in Ireland, but almost certainly under-recorded. Flies from late March to mid June.
Key features: Female
The female of Andrena fulva is clothed dorsally (top-side) with long, dense, bright reddish hairs. These contrast strongly with black hairs on the head, side of thorax and legs. The hind legs can appear coloured when covered in pollen.
Frequently observed excavating nests in lawns and short turf.