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Impunctate Mini-Mining Bee

Andrena subopaca

Impunctate Mini-Mining Bee

A close up of a flower
Andrena subopaca is a species of mini-mining bee, that's very similar to the common mini-miner. It's not always possible, but you may be able to tell these two apart by the fewer visible indents on the thorax of a female impunctate mini-mining bee. Likewise, males have long white hairs that cover the legs and face. These bees are locally abundant throughout the UK, and unlike other species of mini-miner, there's no particular association with umbellifers.
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Traits

These bee's can contribute to pollination in the garden.

Appearance

Adults: Under half a centimetre long. They are mainly black with silvery grey-white hairs. They're strikingly similar to that of A. minutula, and they can be challenging to tell apart by eye.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

The UK and Ireland; Europe

Biological treatment

You can attract bees by planting an array of indigenous wildflowers and letting patches of your garden grow a little wild. Cut back weeds less often, making an effort to reduce or completely cut out chemicals.

Attracts

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

White Clover

Trifolium repens

Daisy

Bellis perennis

Bird's Foot Trefoil

Lotus corniculatus

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