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Species Andrena cerasifolii - Cherry Plum Miner

Andrena - Andrena cerasifolii - female Andrena? - Andrena cerasifolii - female Andrena (Melandrena) cerasifolii - Andrena cerasifolii Andrena - Andrena cerasifolii - male Andrena - Andrena cerasifolii - male Andrena - Andrena cerasifolii - male Andrena Bee - Andrena cerasifolii Bee - Andrena cerasifolii
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Andrenidae (Mining Bees)
Subfamily Andreninae (Mining Bees)
Genus Andrena
No Taxon (Subgenus Melandrena)
Species cerasifolii (Cherry Plum Miner)
Explanation of Names
Latin for "of cerasifolius/-um" "cerasifolius" is itself Latin for "cherry-leaved", and no doubt refers to a plant associated with this bee. Unfortunately, "cerasifolius" and "cerasifolium" are pretty common specific epithets, so it remains to be seen which is referred to.
Identification
larger than most other Andrena in the western North America with a metallic blue integument; three submarginal cells whereas blue species of subgenus Diandrena have two.
Season
early-late spring
Food
Visits flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
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