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Species Account for Andrena florea

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Andrena florea  Fabricius, 1793
a mining bee
Aculeata: Andreninae

Andrena florea

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National status: RDB3
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

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Andrena florea female
Andrena florea female
Andrena florea
Andrena florea

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
forages on Bryonia dioica

Species text
Andrena florea is a rare mining bee with, until recently, confirmed records only from Wilts, N. and S. Hants., W. Sussex, Surrey, Middlesex and Essex. In 2015, it was recorded for the first time in Suffolk, with a first record for north-east Essex in 2017. Since 2014, it has been spreading eastwards across Kent. In Falk (1991) there were post-1970 records known for only nine scattered sites in south-east England, but records since 1993 indicate a nationally important population occurs in south Essex along the East Thames Corridor (see map). The species is found in open scrubby areas on heaths, grassland, old sand pits and woodland edge. Nest burrows are dug in exposed sandy soil including paths. This bee is single brooded, with adults found from late May to August. The females gather pollen exclusively from white bryony, Bryonia dioca. References

Species text last edited on Tue Jan 23rd 2018 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 46 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 18 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 11 records with habitat detail and method information)

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