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A male Red Mason Bee at Freshwater Bay.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Andrena carantonica.

This mining bee is seen from March to June and although it seems to have no common name it can be described as one of the larger mining bees.The bee is also known as Andrena scotica.The photo below of a female, does not confirm that this individual is an A.carantonica,however it would seem likely.
Andrena carantonica is one of the most common Andrena species in the UK, where it nests in sandy soils usually near to pathways.This is because they do not like to have their nests obstructed by overgrowing plants.There is one communal entrance used by the females that divides underground into separate chambers for each bee.