Andrena falsifica Perkins, 1915


Southern England; there is a single record from North-east Yorkshire (Whitby, 13 May 1924 (Keighly Museum) (Archer, 1998)). This small bee is very local, rare and easily overlooked.

The range extends throughout Europe and west Asia; southern Scandinavia to Spain and Italy and east to Transcaucasus (Gusenleitner & Schwarz, 2002).

Status (in Britain only)

This species is listed as Nationally Notable/Na (now known as Nationally Scarce) (Falk, 1991).


Imperfectly known though many records are from heaths and moors.

Flight period

Apparently univoltine; March or April to late June and early July.

Pollen collected

Probably polylectic (Westrich, 1989) but sources are not known.

Nesting biology

Details not known although it has been reported to nest solitarily (Kocourek, 1966; Dylewska, 1987; Westrich, 1989).

Flowers visited

Cinquefoil, wild strawberry, a speedwell, daisy.


Nomada flavoguttata (Kirby) has been recorded as a cleptoparasite of this species. Individuals are occasionally stylopised by an unknown Stylops species (Strepsiptera).

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G R Else.

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