Mining Bee
Andrena transnigra
Male

mining bee
This solitary bee nests in the ground and can be found in the Rocky Mountain area. Is that a beautiful
insect, or what?!  I thought it was a female since it was wearing a boa*.  © Carol Davis, 8-9-2011


Andrena transnigra
The females provision their underground nests with a pollen or nectar ball and when the young ones hatch, they
feed on that.
 
I found this little guy in Brighton, Utah, dining on nectar. He looks a little intoxicated in this photo.
© Carol Davis, 8-9-2011

*boa - fur or feather fashion accessory worn around the neck (I thought you might not know... :)

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