Early Mining Bee
Early Mining Bee, Orange-Tailed Mining Bee
Andrena haemorrhoa emerge as early as March, hence their common names. They are a little like honey bees, showing similarities in shape and size. What sets them apart is the thoraxes which boast fuzzy plushes of auburn hair. These bees will readily nest in lawns, pathways and other flat planes of grass. Little, miniature mounds of earth with a small entry hole is a clear sign of mining bee activity. They enjoy the nectar of the earlier blooming flowers, such as Hawthorn and Sallow. They're also key pollinators of fruit blossoms, so can improve your yields if you let them bee!
Hairy bees that are capable of pollinating many flowers a day!
These bees may create burrows in garden lawns.
Adults: Females are slightly smaller than a honeybee. They possess a red-auburn pile of hair on the thorax; paired with a slightly shiny, black, hairless abdomen. There's duller, yellow hairs on the legs. The hairs on the male's thorax are more chocolate brown when compared with females. The males are about 2mm smaller than the females. Larvae and Eggs: Gardeners rarely see these because they spend the entirety of their development in burrows.
May burrow in garden lawns. Tiny, fuzzy bees that hover above the ground.
The UK, Europe and the USA
It's not recommended to treat gardens with Andrena bees because they're key garden pollinators. They possess an array of natural enemies, from bees to parasitic bees and wasps. Attract them into your garden by letting the dandelions grow, or by planting an array of indigenous plants which bloom throughout the Spring and Summer.
These bees are top pollinators; ideally, they shouldn't be removed.
Attracts this pest
Attract these cute little bees into your green spaces by planting the below plants. They'll readily nest in garden lawns, playing fields, parks as well as on dirt paths and other areas of dry ground.