Tawny Mining Bee

Andrena fulva


Body length 8 - 12mm. A distinctive species with a black head with black hairs on the face. The dorsal surface of the thorax is covered with dense, brick-red hair and the sides with black hair. The abdomen is covered with orange hair.


Light woodlands, dry grasslands, parks and gardens. It digs vertical shafts into the soil, often someone's lawn, and then chambers in which it lays an egg and stocks with nectar and pollen.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in most of England, Wales and lowland Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to May.