Andrena minutoloides (garden)

Not a great photo as its from my phone through my microscope, this bee was found dead in my studio it keys out to I am sure Andrena minutoloides

The best way to spend a wet, dark winters afternoon.

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Nomada panzeri (Roman road)

There is a group of Nomada bees that cant be separated by the eye or macro photo, it is the flava  group , these are all the same size , colouring so they can only be separated by hair colour on certain parts , body markings (not the stripes as these are variable)

N. panzeri is recorded over much of Britain but is rarely as common as N. flava in the south and more strongly associated with woodland. It has a number of hosts: A. varians, synadelpha, helvola, fucata, lapponica and fulva, and a number of host races seem to be present (the taxonomic status of these needs investigation). Females associated with A. lapponica are usually very dark, whilst those associated with A. fulva tend to be as large as N. flava.

Andrena chrysosceles (Fleam dyke)

Females have a brown-haired, rather dull thorax and a shiny, finely punctate abdomen with white hair fringes along the hind margins of tergites 2-4 and orange hairs at the tip of the abdomen. The hind tibiae and tarsi are orange.

This is one of our commonest spring mining bees, usually peaking with the blossoming of Blackthorn and Hawthorn though many spring flowers are visited. The first individuals to appear are nearly all stylopised intersexes…Steve Falk

Bombus terrestris

This bee was found dead in my greenhouse.

You can clearly see the buff tail that gives this bee its common name of Buff tailed bumblebee. You can also see its short face which is as long as it is wide. Bee faces come in three sizes.