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Common Mini-mining Bee

Andrena minutula

Common Mini-mining Bee

A closeup image of a Common Mini-Mining Bee Andrena minutula drinking the nectar from a yellow flower

by Are Nakrem. CC BY 4.0

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Andrena minutula is commonly known as a mini-mining bee! It is a solitary bee meaning the female will care for her young alone. These mining bees are especially small emerging early in the year; hence why they are fond of the earlier blooming flowers and blossoms. Favoured habitats include deciduous woodland and abandoned sites previously used for construction and quarrying, choosing to make nests in areas comprising the sandier soil types.
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These bee's are specialist pollinators.


Adults: These bees are tiny, reaching under half a centimetre long. They are mainly black with silvery grey hairs. They can easily be mistaken for flies, but their behaviour can differentiate them. These bees will spend most of their time flying between small-headed flowers and the nesting site. Larvae & Eggs: Rarely seen by gardeners because they spend their development inside burrows mined by females.


May nest in areas of bare ground receiving plenty of sun. They tend to nest on ground that's received little interference from humans, such as abandoned sites.












Biological treatment

It's not recommended to treat gardens with Adrena bees. Attract them to your garden by planting an array of indigenous flowers and reducing the use of pesticides.

Chemical treatment

These bees are specialist pollinators; ideally, they shouldn't be removed.


These bees prefer smaller petaled flowers due to their size.

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

White Clover

Trifolium repens


Bellis perennis

Bird's Foot Trefoil

Lotus corniculatus


Tussilago spp.


Taraxacum officinale

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