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Species Andrena wilkella

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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 Taeniandrena)
Species wilkella (Andrena wilkella)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Andrena xanthura; Andrena convexiuscula; Andrena quadristrigata; Andrena winkleyi
Explanation of Names
Author: Kirby, 1802.
Size
Female: 10-12 mm. Male 9-11 mm.
Range
eastern USA and Europe. It keeps expanding its range. It has been collected in N.Mexico.
Food
most often collects pollen from clover and sweet clover (Fabaceae). The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Life Cycle
It nests singly (Chambers, 1949) or in large aggregations (Perkins, 1919). It over-winters as a larva or prepupa (Meidell, 1967). Males are often seen flying in large numbers about the foliage.
Remarks
Introduced long ago from Europe, possibly from transportation of its ground nests in ships' ballast.
It flies into summer, when few native Andrena are flying.