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Species Andrena vicina - Neighborly Miner

Bee IMG_1280 - Andrena vicina Bee IMG_1280 - Andrena vicina Bee IMG_1301 - Andrena vicina Unknown Bee - Andrena vicina bee 2 - Andrena vicina - female Small bee - Andrena vicina Bee on ?plum flowers - Andrena vicina Megachile sp ? - Andrena vicina - female
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 (Miner, Fairy, Allied Panurgine, and Oxaeine Bees)
Subfamily Andreninae (Miner Bees)
Genus Andrena
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.
Identification
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.
Range
Widespread across NA
Habitat
woodlands, orchards, etc.
Season
spring
Food
Orchard trees, blueberries, Viburnum, etc. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Remarks
One of the most common and conspicuous Andrena species in eastern North America
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