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Andrena vaga

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Andrena vaga (NL: Grijze zandbij) is a mining bee between 11 and 15 millimeters long. Within the family of the mining bees this species is known as a large species. The bee is black with a light gray coat evenly across the thorax and head. The abdomen is bare and shiny black. The male, which is clearly smaller than the female seems to have a white mustache.
The species flies from March to May. Andrena vaga is a specialist who only collects pollen on willow (Salix sp.). The willow needed for a nest site are on average within a radius of 250 meters around it. There are pollen collecting hairs for transport on the hind legs. The species lives in pioneer vegetation. The nests run from 25 to 50 cm vertically downwards and then branch off into multiple side aisles at the end where the widened brood cells are located. There are often many nests together, which are used for many years.
The specimen in the image is leaving the nest.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 22/03/2011

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

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb 5***** capture and really interesting information too

5 May 2011 6:48am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooi in beeld gebracht!

5 May 2011 8:26am

Hamidreza from tehran, Iran

perfect macro
great job

5 May 2011 11:36am

Yenny Burgos from Mataró, Spain

Great capture! congratulations!

5 May 2011 12:49pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Superb macro!

5 May 2011 1:57pm

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Great macro image!

5 May 2011 6:40pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

What a brilliance in her eyes! Excellent DOF!

5 May 2011 7:02pm

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

stunning picture !!

6 May 2011 5:54am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Hello Johan!
really incredible capture! how did you do to find its nest? amazing shot!

6 May 2011 8:36am

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