Andrena argentata – Blaxhall Common Suffolk

Another new bee for me !!

A medium-small species rather resembling a small A. barbilabris. Females have the same small-headed build and very pale facial fovea but the white hair fringes of the abdomen are much better developed and the pollen brushes of the hind tibiae are whitish rather than dark brown. Like barbilabris, the hind margin of tergite 1 has longitudinal creases.

Males tend to look very silvery in the field with a long white pile on the sides of the thorax and conspicuous white hair fringes on the abdomen.

This is a specialist of southern lowland heath with records extending north to Worcestershire. It flies from late June to September and foraging is largely from heathers