Mining Bee (Andrena nigroaenea)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Members' Notes:

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On Apr 24, 2011, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm pretty sure this species or a close cousin to it has built a colony in my side yard. They return each spring. They dig solitary ground nests but travel in a big pack. They have orange/yellow thoraces and subtly whitish-yellow striped black abdomens. They are about the same size as european honeybees, maybe just a bit smaller. They never stop buzzing but seem very docile.