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Andrena vaga in mainland Britain

Andrena vaga, a widespread black and greyish-white mining bee in continental Europe, has recently been found at two locations on the south coast of England - at Dungeness, Kent and Brownwich Cliff, Hampshire. This species could easily be overlooked as it is similar to the widespread A. cineraria, (especially the males) so do be on the look out for this striking Andrena bee in the coming weeks, particularly in southern England.

Above: Female A. vaga at Dungeness, Kent. Photo by Roger Tidman

Below: Female A. cineraria. Photo by Jeremy Early


Colletes hederae reaches Shrewsbury and north Norfolk

Update: 11 October 2013

On the eastern side of the country, Colletes hederae has now been sighted in north Norfolk, even further north than the Shrewsbury sighting below. Latest map here.

Update: 10 October 2013

This is an update to an existing news item.

Colletes hederae in south Staffordshire. 27 Sept 2013
Photo: Bex Cartwright

Colletes hederae female, Shrewsbury_NPJones

Female C. hederae in Shrewsbury.

Photo: Nigel Jones


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