Despite Trout Lilies being an abundant spring ephemeral, this bee was not confirmed in Vermont until 2020, when it was found in 5 counties. Many records are in association with Trout Lilies, and it was previously thought to be a specialist, but recent evidence suggests it also uses other spring flowers.

 

Female Trout-lily Mining Bee © Denis Doucet

 

Identification: A relatively large Mining Bee, this species can be recognized by the abundant medium-long hairs that are pale brown on the thorax and form indistinct bands on the abdomen.

Similar Species: Long-lipped Mining Bee (Andrena barbilabris) is similar and common, but has more distinct white hair bands on the abdomen.

Global Status: Not Ranked

Vermont Status: Not Ranked

 

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Distribution: 

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