Some Melandrena

Melandrena is a subgenus of Andrena, which are also known as the mining bees because they nest in the ground.  The Melandrena are abundant visitors to apple blossoms and are thought to be important pollinators of that crop (Russo et al 2015).  They are early spring bees (so yes I should have posted these photos months ago), and they specialize on the plant family Rosaceae (of which apples are a member, also many familiar stone fruits: peach, apricot, cherry, almonds, etc).

Melandrena

Melandrena

Nest digging

Melandrena

Hello!

Melandrena

Melandrena

Melandrena

Melandrena

Zzzzzzoooom

Melandrena

Melandrena

Melandrena

Melandrena

Melandrena butt

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