Andrena proxima – Coton NR

Andrena proxima , this ID is not 100% but is the ID given by BWARS as most likely.

Status (in Britain only)
Listed as Rare (RDB3) in Shirt (1987) and by Falk (1991).
Habitat
Open sites, rich in flowering umbellifers (Apiaceae), both inland and on the coast.
Flight period
Univoltine; mid May to late June.
Nesting biology
The species nests either solitarily or in small aggregations, generally avoiding sandy soils (Kocourek 1966;Westrich 1989). Nests do not seem to have been discovered in Britain.
Flowers visited
The bee has been reported to visit the flowers of Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), rough chervil (Chaerophyllum temulum), a spurge (Euphorbia sp.) and a water-dropwort (Oenanthe sp.).
Parasites
Nests are attacked by the cuckoo bee Nomada conjungens. On mainland Europe, stylopized individuals of A. proxima have been found, but these have not been reported from Britain.

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