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.
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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Living Atlas Species Page
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