Andrena florea – Pinnacle NR

Another first !!!

A medium-sized species with reddish markings or bands at the base of the abdomen, much like some A. rosae and trimmerana but with shiny, punctate tergites and better developed flocci. The hind tibiae and tarsi are completely dark-haired.

Males resemble slim females and have antennal segment 3 longer than 4 (segment 2 much shorter than 3 in similar looking males of rosae and trimmerana).

This is a species of south-east England and can be locally common in some districts. Pollen is gathered from White Bryony in a variety of habitats including gardens, heathland edges and road verges hedges. It flies from May to August and nests in sandy ground such as footpaths, often in aggregations…Steve Falk