Andrena nitida (mining bee) Garden

A very freshly emerged female Andrena nitida there are also plenty of males about.

Status (in Britain only)
This bee is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.
Habitat
May be found in a variety of open grassland habitats.
Flight period
Univoltine: April to June
Nesting biology
This species nests among short to medium-length grassland; there is no obvious preference for areas of bare ground. Nests are always well-dispersed.
Flowers visited
There are no strong preferences in the flowers visited, both males and females can be found quite high up on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and down low on dandelions (Taraxacum officinale).
Parasites
It is possible that the cuckoo-bee Nomada goodeniana parasitises this species. It is known to be parasitised by the Strepsipteran Stylops melittae, but this is not very frequent…. BWARS

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