Andrena digitalis KIRBY 1802
Description and notes
A medium-sized mining bee, the largest member of the Andrena minutula species-group (subgenus Micrandrena).
Widely distributed in southern Britain, but generally a rare species. Found throughout much of Europe, from Norway, Denmark, Poland and Latvia, south to Iberia, Italy and Greece.
Status (in Britain only)
Listed as Rare (RDB3) in Shirt (1987) and by Falk (1991).
Open sites, rich in flowering umbellifers (Apiaceae), both inland and on the coast.
Univoltine; mid May to late June.
Oligolectic on Apiaceae.
The species nests either solitarily or in small aggregations, generally avoiding sandy soils (Kocourek 1966;Westrich 1989). Nests do not seem to have been discovered in Britain.
The bee has been reported to visit the flowers of Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), rough chervil (Chaerophyllum temulum), a spurge (Euphorbia sp.) and a water-dropwort (Oenanthe sp.).
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