Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#99851
Mining bee - Andrena - male

Mining bee - Andrena - Male
Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
March 26, 2007
I think these are mining bees. This morning when I went out to take some photos, there were about ten of these bees which spent the day just flying in zig-zag or figure 8 patterns around a small clump of miniature yellow iris. Am I correct to assume this is mating behavior? At noon they were just flying in this tight pattern over the flowers and continued this for about 4-1/2 hours. Occasionally one of the bees would knock another one to the ground but then they were back in the air flying around this clump of flowers. Occasionally a bee would land on an iris but none of the other bees would bother it. Late in the afternoon the bees finally ended up in a clump as shown. After that they dispersed.

Images of this individual: tag all
Mining bee - Andrena - male Mining bee - Andrena Mining bee - Andrena Mining bees - Andrena - male - female

Moved
Moved from Mining Bees.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.