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Identify Types of Bees: The Andrena Mining Bee

Bees of the Andrena genus are more commonly referred to as “Mining Bees,” and they differ from other types of bees because of their ground-nesting habits and weak stingers.

| November 7, 2013

  • All Andrena nest in the ground, typically in sandy soil and often near or under shrubs.
    Photo By Matthew Shepherd
  • Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. In "Attracting Native Pollinators," the Xerces Society offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious animals by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites while also providing specifics for identifying types of bees and other pollinating insects.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing

The Xerces Society, a nonprofit conservation organization, is a leader in the effort to conserve North America's native pollinators. Founded in 1971, the society protects insects and other invertebrates through advocacy, education, policy development and applied research projects aimed at protecting and managing critical habitat. Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey Publishing, 2011), by The Xerces Society, is a complete action plan and information guide for protecting bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and some beetles by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites.The following excerpt comes from Part 3: Bees of North America.

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Andrena: Mining Bees

(an-DREE-nuh)



Family: Andrenidae

Subfamily: Andreninae



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