Grey Mining Bee Andrena cineraria (Linnaeus, 1758)

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AKA Ashy Mining Bee

Classification Hymenoptera Family: Andrenidae

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April until early June; with males emerging first Population numbers coincide with Fruit nectar sources such as Apple Pear or Cherry


Females are black, and have two broad ashy-grey hair bands across the thorax.
Males are similar, but the thorax is entirely clothed with less dense grey hairs, and has a very pronounced tuft of white hairs on the lower face.(image 3) The male has white hairs on all femora; the female has white hairs only on front femora. The female has twelve segments to their antennae and the male has thirteen

Life Cycle

Habitat Nest sites such as sandy banks. Eg Rivers etc