Taxonomy

Andrena (Poliandrena) tarsata | Tormentil Mining Bee

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least Concern

Species Biology

Identification

  • Small-medium sized solitary species (8-11mm)
  • Summer flight period: June - August
  • Thorax black with few hairs
  • Females with orange hind tibia and mandible with three teeth
  • Abdomen black with few hairs, rear legs of female clothed in brown hairs
  • Males generally smaller than females, with a cream/white face (clypeus)

Habitat

Not common, recorded from a range of habitats where Potentilla is present but most strongly associated with heath/bog sites.

Flight period

June-August

Nesting biology

Ground nesting (sandy soil)

Flowers visited

Oligolectic - Potentilla

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Europe, between 42ºN and 66ºN, eastwards to the Urals

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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References

Publications

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.

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