Mining Bee (Andrena sp.)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Apidae
Genus: Andrena
Species: sp.

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Springfield, Illinois
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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On Oct 29, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This species of bee that I have seen tend to be very common during the earliest part of spring, when bulbs are blooming - they seem to prefer squills for their energy source. They can be easily mistook for honey bees except that their bottom is fully black, not striped.

A word of caution: The species is unknown so this section is for the unidentified mining bee species until a specialist could be found.