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Andrena vaga - male

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 27 March 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Andrena vaga (NL: Grijze zandbij /EN: ? / DE: Auensandbiene, Weidensandbiene / FR: ?) 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 male specimen in the image just started digging a new nest.

Image: Schilde (B) - 20/03/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/13.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wat een prachtige foto !
Mooie scherpte en belichting.
Ik wens je een fijne dag.

27 Mar 2012 8:40am

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

Perfect... he is beautiful.. so much detail!

27 Mar 2012 1:37pm

sázky from Poland

great shot, exellent colours and details

27 Mar 2012 2:44pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!

27 Mar 2012 9:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent. great bokeh

27 Mar 2012 11:54pm

dang from Atlanta, United States

Excellent detail, well done.

28 Mar 2012 3:51am

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