Andrena flavipes Panzer, 1799

Synonyms

Andrena fulvicrus (Kirby, 1802); Andrena contigua (Kirby, 1802); Andrena extricata Smith, 1849.

Description and notes

  • Photo by Nigel Jones
    Andrena flavipes female. Recently emerged specimen. Venus Bank, Cound, Shropshire 26 April 2013
  • Photo by Nick Owens
    Andrena flavipes male, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, July 2011
  • Photo by Steven Falk
    Andrena flavipes female
  • Photo by Jeremy Early
    Andrena flavipes female, Dorking, Surrey
  • Photo by Jeremy Early
    Female Andrena flavipes, Reigate, Surrey
  • Photo by (C) Josef Dvorak www.biolib.cz for BWARS
    Andrena flavipes
  • Photo by Steven Falk
    Andrena flavipes female
  • Photo by Adrian Jones
    Andrena flavipes male. Venus Pool, Cound, Shropshire. 15 April 2012
  • Photo by Steven Falk
    Andrena flavipes female
  • Photo by Nigel Jones
    Andrena flavipes male. Venus Pool, Cound, Shropshire. 15 April 2012. Note: There is a blue cast in this photo making the bee appear rather blue. This is not so in life.
  Pre 1980   1980-99   2000 and later

The following datasets are included:

  • Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Trial Dataset

Distribution

Widely distributed throughout southern England and the south coast of Wales. Most of the Welsh records are recent; Hallett apparently did not find it in places where it is now common (M Pavett, pers. comm.). Also recorded by Beavis (2000) on St Mary’s and Tresco (Isles of Scilly). Channel Islands.

Widespread and common in central and southern Europe, central Asia eastwards to India. North Africa.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Habitat

May be found in a variety of open habitats with a slight preference for clay-based or sandy soils, although these need not be acidic. This species has undergone an expansion of range during the past decade or so.

Flight period

Bivoltine; March to June, and July to September with some overlap, particularly of first generation females with second generation males.

Pollen collected

Very widely polylectic.

Nesting biology

May nest singly or in aggregations (sometimes very large) in patches of bare, or sparsely vegetated soil exposed to the sun.

Flowers visited

Those of a wide range of plants, as long as the corollae are short.

Parasites and nest associates

The bee Nomada fucata Panzer is a cleptoparasite of this bee. In the New Forest, G R Else and the author once watched large numbers of the carabid beetle Pterostichus kugelanni (Panzer) going in and out of the nesting burrows of A. flavipes. The beetles appeared to have pollen on their mouthparts and were clearly closely associated with the bee nesting aggregations. Bees are sometimes stylopised, probably by Stylops flavipedis (Kinzelbach, 1971).

Author of profile

M Edwards

Year profile last updated

2002