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Common name: mining bees
Andrena, commonly called the mining bee, is the largest genus in the family Andrenidae, and is nearly worldwide in distribution, with the notable exceptions of Oceania and South America. With over 1,300 species, it is one of the largest of all bee genera. Species are often brown to black with whitish abdominal hair bands, though other colors are possible, most commonly reddish, but also including metallic blue or green.
Body length commonly ranges between 8 – 17 mm with males smaller and more slender than females, which often show a black triangle (the "pygidial plate") at the abdominal apex. In temperate areas, Andrena bees (both males and females) emerge from the underground cells where their prepupae spend the winter, when the temperature ranges from about 20 °C to 30 °C. They mate, and the females then seek sites for their nest burrows, where they construct small cells containing a ball of pollen mixed with nectar, upon which an egg is laid, before each cell is sealed. Andrena usually prefer sandy soils for a nesting substrate, near or under shrubs to be protected from heat and frost.
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- [2017-02-13 17:11]
A wonderful macro shot of this fine looking Mining Bee. I like its unusually hairy body and beautiful black and gray colors. The focus is sharp and you have presented it in an attractive composition.
- [2017-02-15 14:17]
Hi Nikos,excellent macro of this curious bee,i like the perfect sharpness and the decentralized composition too,the springtime is back in your country,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano