All kinds of bees love dandelions, and among the fans of this flower, we can include the Grey-patched mining bee, Andrena nitida.
In Britain, this species can be seen from late March
onwards. I took this photograph in early
April, and it appears to be a female.
In addition to dandelions, it may be seen foraging on hawthorn, blackthorn, gorse, dead nettles, speedwell, willow, and cherries. All of these are present on an old brownfield site close to where I live, and where this photograph was taken.
This species is univoltine (having one generation, and therefore, one flight period in a year).
It may be attacked by the parasite, Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana).
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