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Andrena thoracica <a href="http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/andrenidae/andrena-thoracica" rel="nofollow">http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/andrenidae/andrena-thoracica</a><br />
 Andrena thoracica,Andrenidae,Cliff Mining Bee Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

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  1. I'm no expert but this page has often helped me out:
    http://ahw.me/indexbijen.html

    It's in dutch but has a lot of photos and binomial names.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. I found it here: http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=bee/andrenidae/andrena-thoracica
      and in JungleDragon, by Jivko NakevJivko Nakev

      Cliff mining bee Cliff mining bee - Andrena thoraica<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/31469/cliff_mining_bee.html Andrena thoracica,Andrena thoraica,Andrenidae,Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Cliff Mining Bee,Cliff mining bee,Europe,Geotagged,Hymenoptera,Insecta,Iskar river,Mining bee,Sofia,Summer,Wildlife


      Thanks a lot, Ferdy for the info* Added to my Apidae search List ;)
      Cheers*
      Posted 4 years ago
      1. Nice teamwork, glad that you found it, thanks for putting in the effort! Posted 4 years ago
        1. I realize that my entry is the first of the species on JD, which not quite correct, Jivko Nakev has the same species, but I suppose with a misspelled species name, Andrena ''thoraica''... Can you correct this, Ferdy? Thank you so much for your feedback! Cheers* Posted 4 years ago
          1. Sure, can you please share the link to Jivko's photo? Posted 4 years ago
            1. Here it is
              Cliff mining bee Cliff mining bee - Andrena thoraica<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/31470/cliff_mining_bee.html Andrena thoracica,Andrena thoraica,Andrenidae,Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Cliff Mining Bee,Cliff mining bee,Europe,Geotagged,Hymenoptera,Insecta,Iskar river,Mining bee,Sofia,Summer,Wildlife

              Thanks*
              Posted 4 years ago
              1. Thank you, fixed! Posted 4 years ago

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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 Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Feb 17, 2016. Captured Mar 12, 2015 13:00.
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