Tawny Mining Bee

Andrena fulva

The tawny mining bee, Andrena fulva, is a European species of the sand bee (Andrena) genus.
Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) Without doubt in my book, one of the most attractive & distinctive of the Andrena (Mining bees) genus, covered as it is, in that fox-red hair which positively dazzles when it's fresh and in full sun.

Here it is enjoying one of my Euphorbia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBpt0Ogcbqk Andrena fulva,Geotagged,Spring,United Kingdom


The males are 10–12 mm (0.4–0.5 in) and the females 8–10 mm (0.3–0.4 in) long. The female is covered with fox-red hair on the dorsal surface of its thorax and abdomen and black hair on its head and ventral surface. The male is less distinctive, being clad in golden-brown or reddish-brown hairs, with some long white hairs on the face, and a tooth on each of the mandibles.
Out for a stroll Seen in a woodland area - first time I've seen one of these out in the wild (or noticed one at least). I liked its colours. Andrena fulva,Geotagged,Spring,United Kingdom


The tawny mining bee lives in Europe, ranging from the Balkans to southern Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. It lives among short vegetation in light woodlands and dry grasslands, and also in parks and gardens. It is widely distributed but has a low population density. It is present in lowland England and Wales and at a few sites in southern Scotland. In Ireland it is known only from County Kilkenny, and may be regionally extinct there.


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SpeciesA. fulva
Photographed in
United Kingdom