David Element

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_____________________________________ Hymenoptera 28 Grey-patched Mining Bees

 

 

 

 

 

GREY-PATCHED MINING BEE Andrena nitida (f)

 

 

 

 

GREY-PATCHED MINING BEE Andrena nitida (f)

 

 

 

         The eponymous grey patches are clearly visible in these photographs of a fresh female Grey-patched Mining Bee Andrena nitida but once these insects have become worn these patches may no longer be visible. With over 70 species in the UK many members of the Andrena genus can be difficult to separate although there are some distinctive species! They are sexually dimorphic too!

 

 

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