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Fletcher Wildlife Garden | all galleries >> Bees, wasps, ants and sawflies (Hymenoptera) of the FWG (19 galleries) >> Andrenid bees (Family: Andrenidae) > Andrenid bee (Andrena sp.)
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16-MAY-2013 Christine Hanrahan

Andrenid bee (Andrena sp.)

These bees make their nests in holes in the ground. Although solitary nesters, they gather in large aggregations. There are several locations around the FWG where these bees are found. This one was on the rim of a bucket filled with uprooted plants in the BYG. Bug Guide notes that because Andrenid bees will fly at much cooler temperatures than honey bees (Apis mellifera), they can be superior pollinators when the weather is too cold for other bees.

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Marcia Colelli22-May-2013 12:28
Wonderful close up. Nice details. So this is the one I see coming out of the ground V
Fabienne21-May-2013 19:22
Superbe macro.
Les détails sur le pollen accroché à ses pattes sont fabuleux.
Martin Lamoon20-May-2013 18:27
An excellent macro photograph. v
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