Andrena subopaca

Andrena subopaca

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Andrena subopaca is a species of mini-mining bee, that's very similar to the common mini-miner. It's not always possible, but you may be able to tell these two apart by the fewer visible indents on the thorax of a female impunctate mini-mining bee. Likewise, males have long white hairs that cover the legs and face. These bees are locally abundant throughout the UK, and unlike other species of mini-miner, there's no particular association with umbellifers.
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Traits

These bee's can contribute to pollination in the garden.

Appearance

These bees are tiny reaching under half a centimetre long. They are mainly black with silvery grey-white hairs. These bees are strikingly similar to that of A. minutula; they can be challenging to tell apart by eye.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

These bees are present in Europe.

Biological treatment

It's not recommended to treat gardens with Adrena bees.

Chemical treatment

These bees are top pollinators; ideally, they shouldn't be removed.

Attracts this pest

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