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Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Species Account for Andrena labiata

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Andrena labiata  Fabricius, 1781
Girdled Mining Bee
Aculeata: Andreninae

Andrena labiata male Copyright: Peter Harvey

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



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

Species text
This mining bee is recorded widely in England north to Warwickshire but very local. The bee has declined significantly and has apparently disappeared from many former parts of its range. It is generally very scarce in its former strongholds such as Devon, the London district and nearby Surrey Commons. The bee is known from a wide variety of habitats including heathland, grasslands, open woodland, coastal landslips and soft rock cliffs (Falk, 1991b). There is a close and possibly obligate association with germander speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, which is the main pollen source, but other flowers are recorded, probably mostly as nectar resources. Nest burrows are dug in sandy banks and slopes in sunny situations. Large nesting aggregations appear to be unusual and the normal nesting habits are as isolated individuals or small groups. The species is the host of the RDB1 cleptoparasitic bee Nomada guttulata. References

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Habitats

Broad Habitat Data (based on 22 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 12 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 15 records with habitat detail and method information)

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