Andrena (Melandrena) cineraria | Grey Mining Bee

Pre 2017

2017 - 2020


Conservation status

Least Concern

Species Biology


  • 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.

Flight period

Early species. April-June

Nesting biology

Ground nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Chaerophyllum, Taraxacum, Brassica, Sinapis, Ranunculus, Ranunculus, Prunus, Rosa, Salix


World distribution(GBIF)

Almost all of Europe

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023

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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).

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.