Andrena lapponica (Stiperstones NNR)

A new Species for me.

Status (in Britain only)
This bee is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.
Habitat
Open woodland, moors and montane sites. On Cairn Gorm, Easterness, it has occurred at 600 m (pers. obs.).
Flight period
Univoltine; early April to June, occasionally into early July.
Nesting biology
The nest burrows seem to be widely scattered, rather than in close aggregations. As such they are rarely encountered.
Flowers visited
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), common dog-violet (Viola riviniana), cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), gorse (Ulex europaeus), rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum), thyme (Thymus polytrichus) and willow (Salix spp.).
Parasites
Nomada panzeri Lepeletier is recorded as a cleptoparasite of this species (Perkins, 1919). The conopid fly Myopa buccata (Linnaeus) may be an inquiline of this Andrena as in both West Sussex and central Easterness, M. Edwards and the author have encountered this dipteran flying with this bee in sites where other solitary aculeates were scarce.

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