Last May I saw Andrena agillisima for the first time (See my blog Andrena agillisima). Now I have discovered a nesting place at the bottom of my garden.
Some years ago a large Poplar tree fell down in a storm. The tree was cut up and used for the fire in due course but the root was left as it had fallen in a part of the garden that was very overgrown at that time. It has formed a very large well-drained mound and this year I spotted the holes and the Andrena agilissima.
However, despite seeing them flying too and fro, I have not been able to get a photograph very easily, as they do not hang about. However, my patience has been rewarded.
I at last managed to get a shot of the black and white head surveying the world from the security of her burrow.
Then I noticed another antenna appear.
Then a pair of antennas appeared.
The second bee pushed herself under the first in her wish to exit the common hole.
I had not realised that the Andrena agillissima would share the entrance holes to the colony but inside she will build her own capsule for her egg to pass through the larval stages and overwinter as an adult.
The first bee only hesitated a few seconds before joining the second to search for flowers. She shouldn’t have had far to go if she wanted to try my sprout plants which are flowering specially for her. You can see her take flight in the slideshow below.