New garden species

Hawthorn mining bee ♀︎
-Pyracantha coccinea-

Last update: 5 February 2021

A female Hawthorn mining bee (Andrena scotica) [1,2,3] fouraging on Firethorn (Pyracantha spec.).

A first observation and a new garden species! Unfortunately all rather bad photographs. 

Hawthorn mining bee ♀︎ (Andrena scotica) on Firethorn (Pyracantha spec.)

This and other Mining bee species are regular visitors of the Firethorn where they stand out between the Honey bees by their rounder, compacter build and slower manner of flight.
I have not been able to see whether she was colelcting pollen, on the photo’s she is clearly drinking nectar.

Hawthorn mining bee ♀︎ (Andrena scotica) on Firethorn (Pyracantha spec.)
Hawthorn mining bee ♀︎ (Andrena scotica) on Firethorn (Pyracantha spec.)


1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 Peeters, T.M.J., H. Nieuwenhuijsen, J. Smit, F. van der Meer, I.P. Raemakers, W.R.B. Heitmans, C. van Achterberg, M. Kwak, A.J. Loonstra, J. de Rond, M. Roos & M. Reemer 2012. De Nederlands bijen (Hymennoptera: Apidae s.l.). - Natuur van Nederland 11, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & European Invertebrate Survey - Nederland, Leiden.

3, "De Nederlandse bijen en hun relaties, overzicht van in Nederland en Vlaanderen voorkomende solitaire en sociale bijen (Apidea s.l.)"

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.