Andrena chrysosceles (Fleam dyke)

Females have a brown-haired, rather dull thorax and a shiny, finely punctate abdomen with white hair fringes along the hind margins of tergites 2-4 and orange hairs at the tip of the abdomen. The hind tibiae and tarsi are orange.

This is one of our commonest spring mining bees, usually peaking with the blossoming of Blackthorn and Hawthorn though many spring flowers are visited. The first individuals to appear are nearly all stylopised intersexes…Steve Falk

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