Tawny Mining Bee ( Andrena fulva ) this springtime flying bee with her fox coloured fur had just emerged from her nest entrance and was about to fly off to visit the many flowering spring flowers and fruit trees.

Tawny Mining Bee ( Andrena fulva ) this springtime flying bee with her fox coloured fur had just emerged from her nest entrance and was about to fly off to visit the many flowering spring flowers and fruit trees.

Watercolour painting of Spanish lavender and a Tawny mining Bee on Botanical Ultra Smooth paper by Shevaun Doherty

Watercolour painting of Spanish lavender and a Tawny mining Bee on Botanical Ultra Smooth paper by Shevaun Doherty

Tawny mining bee | bee box | honey & bee

Tawny mining bee | bee box | honey & bee

A female tawny mining bee beginning to dig its spring nest. Not all bees have nests above ground.

A female tawny mining bee beginning to dig its spring nest. Not all bees have nests above ground.

Tawny Mining Bee - not to be confused with 'Digger Bees'.  Solitary bees that excavate tunnels and cells under-ground, preferring sandy soil, valuable pollinators. Found mostly in Europe.

Tawny Mining Bee - not to be confused with 'Digger Bees'. Solitary bees that excavate tunnels and cells under-ground, preferring sandy soil, valuable pollinators. Found mostly in Europe.

Tawny Mining Bee - Tawny Mining Bee is a common, spring-flying, solitary bee, which nests underground, building a little volcano-like mound of soil around the mouth of its burrow. Nests can often be seen in lawns and flowerbeds in gardens and parks, or in mown banks and field margins in farmland and orchards. The Tawny Mining Bee is on the wing from April to June, which coincides with the flowering of fruit trees like cherry, pear and apple. The female collects pollen and nectar for the…

Tawny Mining Bee - Tawny Mining Bee is a common, spring-flying, solitary bee, which nests underground, building a little volcano-like mound of soil around the mouth of its burrow. Nests can often be seen in lawns and flowerbeds in gardens and parks, or in mown banks and field margins in farmland and orchards. The Tawny Mining Bee is on the wing from April to June, which coincides with the flowering of fruit trees like cherry, pear and apple. The female collects pollen and nectar for the…

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