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Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 17 April 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Another view of yesterday's cute little black and white mystery bee. I'm thinking it's a cuckoo bee (no pollen buckets), maybe a B. campestris male, but it seems awfully early for them to be about. Also, the "blond" thing has me a bit confused...

There were two of them, about 2 metres apart. This one was happily wandering about; the other was trying to fly but would only last a couple of seconds before dropping back to earth.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

Javier from Castro-Urdiales, Spain

Una macro perfecta, con un enfoque preciso. Enhorabuena!

17 Apr 2012 5:17am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

beautiful finds! I´m quite sure it is Andrena cineraria, german would be "grey sand-bee" in engl. "ashy mining bee" - and yes, they´re up early in the year. have seen some in the garden last week here.

19 Apr 2012 10:31am

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks, Daniela, it's a perfect fit. You've no idea how many bee identification sites I looked through, but somehow this little guy managed to evade me. My fault for looking for "black and white bee" instead of "different sorts of mining bee", I guess. :rolleyes: :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Yeah, oh well, all these different tones of blond - who ever would think of "ashy"?
When you´re bee-hunting - look out for Anthophora plumipes ("Hairy-Footed Flower Bee") - sooo cute furry feet! caught her one time, when she was doing the heffalump-thing :)

23 Apr 2012 11:46am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh - forgot - for a first, rough determination I often use this site - it´s german only but at least they show the latin names^^

23 Apr 2012 11:48am