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Species Andrena vicina - Neighborly Miner

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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 (Miner, Bare-miner, Fairy, and Oxaeine Bees)
Subfamily Andreninae (Miner Bees)
Genus Andrena (Miner Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Melandrena)
Species vicina (Neighborly Miner)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Andrena desponsa
Andrena victima
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Smith, 1853. The common name alludes to the common name and the tendency of this species to nest within our gardens and orchards.
Combination of relatively large size, black tibial scopa, all pale thoracic hairs (including ventral surfaces, unlike the otherwise similar A. carlini and A. regularis), and all black metasoma is distinctive. The similar A. dunningi has a brownish scopa (not all black) and the thoracic hairs are orangish, not grayish-tan.
Widespread across NA
woodlands, orchards, etc.
Orchard trees, blueberries, Viburnum, etc. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
One of the most common and conspicuous Andrena species in eastern North America
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