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|Andrena are a genus within the bee family comprising more than 1500 species and about 100 sub-groups. 150 species are found in Europe 110 of which can be found in Germany. The latter include the Andrena vaga, Andrena fulva, the Andrena cineraria and the Andrena haemorrhoa.|
|Scientific synonyms for this species are Andrena levilabris, Andrena punjaubensis and Andrena kengracensis. Andrena (Zonandrena) flavipes are widespread in southern and central Europe, where they mainly occur at lower altitudes. Andrena flavipes reproduce twice a year and are under the protection of BArtSchV in Germany, The Federal Ordinance on the Conservation of Species. |
|Tawny mining bee|
|The tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva) belongs to the genus Andrena in the order Hymenoptera, the superfamily Apoidea, the series Apiformes, and the subfamily Andre nina. A scientific synonym for Andrena fulva is Andrena armata.
|Andrena (Zonandrena) flavipes is a species in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder Aculeata, the superfamily Apoidea - unranked: bees (Apiformes), the family Andrenidae, the subfamily Andreninae, the genus Andrena and the subgenus Andrena (Zonandrena). |
|The Andrena vaga only collects nectar and pollen from pastureland. Other species only live on pollen from asparagus, Bryony or Potentilla.As brood parasites and nomada bees, the cuckoo bees lay their eggs into the nests of Andrena. Other parasites are the blister beetle, Bombyliidae and Strepsiptera.Andrena, like many wild bees, are of major ecological importance due to their role as plant pollinators.|
|Andrena are from 5 to 16 mm in length. They vary in colour from black to black-red tones and can also have a metallic sheen. Their hair is like fur and they often have a bright hairy towel on the abdomen. Andrena are counted among the bees which collect by their legs, because the pollen - with the aid of their legs - gets located to their leg hairs. On the sides of the propodeum (the first abdominal segment), the female has a "basket" (made fro...|
|Andrena are found on the northern continents in warm, dry habitats. Andrena nest in sandy soils with free spaces, with a female supplies his nest alone. Sometimes many nests are built in close proximity to each other.|
|Andrena (Zonandrena) flavipes are one of the medium sized species. The females reach body lengths of 10 - 14 mm, while the males are 9 - 13 mm in length and slightly slimmer. The hair on the face makes the head appear brownish in colour. The sides of the thorax also al...|
... the head appear brownish in colour. The sides of the thorax also also covered in brownish hair. The abdomen has a black base colour, and is particularly striking in the females because of the broad white bars at the end of their abdominal segments. Andrena flavipes are similar in appearance to honey bees (Apis).
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