Andrena (Melandrena) cineraria | Grey Mining Bee
- Large sized solitary species (13-16mm)
- Spring flight period: April - June
- Thorax with two distinct grey hair bands broken by a black band
- Abdomen dark
- Males smaller than females, with pale hairs on face
Found in a range of habitats where early forage sources (e.g. Willow) exist but most commonly recorded from woodland and dry heath.
Early species. April-June
Polylectic - Chaerophyllum, Taraxacum, Brassica, Sinapis, Ranunculus, Ranunculus, Prunus, Rosa, Salix
Almost all of Europe
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists
Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.