Andrena vaga at Dungeness, Kent

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Rosie Earwaker
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Andrena vaga at Dungeness, Kent

The colony of Andrena vaga at Dungeness RSPB has been there since at least 2010 (see recent article in BWARS newsletter by Grant Hazlehurst). I had a look at it today and there were 40+ males flying around and a small number of freshly emerged females. Interestingly, the attached photo (apologies for the poor focus!) shows a male Andrena flavipes(?) trying to mate with a female Andrena vaga. This happened a couple of times!

Nigel Jones
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That's an interesting photo.

That's an interesting photo. Thanks for the update Rosie.

Stuart Roberts
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Andrena vaga in Tunbridge Wells

A female Andrena vaga was found today (Monday 6 April) by Ian Beavis as it was looking for a nest site in Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. This is a very exciting discovery of this large spring Andrena. It looks as though everyone in southern England should keep their eyes peeled for this spectacular bee!

Rosie Earwaker
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Update on the Dungeness

Update on the Dungeness colony...

I found out yesterday that they've been there every year since 2008 (and possibly before), although it wasn't until last year that their identity was discovered (prompted by the Daily Mail article). Specimens were collected and photos taken in 2009 by the then site manager, Bob Gomes, who also collected a specimen of Nomada lathburiana on the same day. Andrena cineraria is also present on the site.

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