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This attractive bee (Andrena thoracica) is a member of the andrena family - mining bees. They nest in holes they excavate in the earth, usually sandy soils that are easy to burrow in to.
There are several species in the family, some difficult to tell apart but this one, Andrena thoracica, is quite distinctive because it is generally black but with a bright orange/brown thorax.
The Andrena's also have short tongues which limits the sort of flowers they can visit to gather pollen and they.. more

Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Jul 11, 2015. Captured Jul 5, 2015 09:17 in 82, 2013 Shiroki dol, Bulgaria.
  • raica
  • f/6.3
  • 1/125s
  • ISO125
  • 100mm