Andrena labialis – County rare

Andrena labialis male

This is a fairly frequent but localised species in southern England (but rare in East Anglia and SW England) with records extending north to Yorkshire and thinly into Wales. It is a species of legume-rich habitats including clover-rich pasture, old quarries, brownfield sites and woodland rides and clearings. It flies from May to July and gathers pollen from legumes such as clovers, vetches and bird’s-foot trefoils.

Andrena labialis female

Another first for me