British bees: Tawny Mining-bee

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There were a few female Tawny Mining-bees visiting the flowering Winter Heath in the garden at the weekend. They were not as numerous as the Ashy Mining-bee.

Insight into Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva): a solitary bee that flies in springtime from early April to June and is found in England and Wales.

The females are covered in distinctive orangey-red hair whilst the slimmer males have much less dense hair and a white tuft on the lower face.