Yesterday (while searching moss :-) ) I found a few nestholes of Andrena clarkella (Mining bee sp. / Zwart-rosse zandbij). I made a few images, but due to lack of light and no flash most of them ended in "paperbasket". Today light was better, flash fully charged, so I went back to make some more pictures. In this one you can see a female crawling out the ground where they make nests. This specimen is one of the first Andrena sp. to fly in Belgium. When temperatures are above 10 °C , females fly out searching the pollen of Salix sp. to bring to their nest, making a ball of pollen mixed with nectar, upon which an egg is laid.
Schilde (Be) - 25/03/2010
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