Ashy Mining Bee

Andrena cineraria


Body length 9 - 15mm. A large species with grey hairs on the fore-portion and hind-portion of the thorax and black in the middle (not all over, A. vaga). The abdomen is shiny black.


Open, sunny areas with sandy soil.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in the south of Britain, less common further north and rare in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to June.