Friday, 20 May 2016

The bilberry mining bee

I seem to find new bees everywhere I go, now that I know to look for them.  I can't always tell what they are but I am pretty sure this is a bilberry mining bee (Andrena lapponica) feeding, appropriately, on bilberry.  Near Waskerley, Co Durham.

Like most mining bees, this one has a scopa, a brush of a pollen-collecting hairs, on the tibia of its hind leg.

This one has been collecting white pollen.

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