No Common Name Andrena miserabilis Cresson, 1872  

Status:

Why miserabilis for a name? Not sure, it is not a particularly miserable bee. It comes out early in the spring and can be found in almost any environment from backyard to Woodlands. It appears to have a fondness for maple pollen, particularly in our area, Red Maple. This may simply be due to the fact that if you come out early in the spring Red Maple being may be the only abundant source of pollen. If you think about it, a tree is darned big and compared to some little tiny mustard plant is producing huge amounts of pollen and nectar, and therefore supporting, potentially, huge numbers of insects. (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

Description:

Nests are categorized as ground burrows, and social behavior is categorized as solitary to communal (Selfridge et al., 2017).

There are 38 records in the project database.

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Andrena-miserabilis, male, Maryland (6/6/2012). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Andrena miserabilis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/16/2018). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Andrena miserabilis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/16/2018). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Andrena miserabilis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/16/2018). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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