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Andrena bicolor (m) on Petasites hybridus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Andrena bicolor (male) on Petasites hybridus

Andrena bicolor (NL: Tweekleurige zandbij), a common mining bee, is just one of many similar looking bees which live solitarily. They nest in the ground, usually where the soil is quite soft. A small nest containing a few cells are constructed, which the female fills with pollen. A single egg is laid in each cell and the larvae feed on the pollen. Adults emerge in Spring the following year. The males (see image) are much smaller then the females.

Petasites hybridus (NL: Groot hoefblad / EN: Common Butterbur) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe and northern Asia. The flowers are produced in the early spring, before the leaves appear; they are pale pink, with several inflorescences clustered on a 5-20 cm stem. The leaves are large, on stout 80-120 cm tall stems, round, with a diameter of 40-70 cm. The species is dioecious (The term dioecious is typically used only in plants and plant species. Dioecious refers to a plant population having separate male and female plants.) The image shows the male flowers.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 15/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/25 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

5* beautiful !!

29 Apr 2011 6:41am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige compositie! Mooie zachte kleuren.

29 Apr 2011 9:04am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Excellent diagonal composition and depth!

29 Apr 2011 1:29pm

Emanuel from Borås, Sweden

love the background colors together with the crisp details on the ~adrena and lovely pink flowers,very skillfully done!

2 May 2011 11:16pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/25 second
ISO 200
150 mm