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Andrenid bee
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN Andrenid bee 2
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN

Andrenid bees
Andrena spp.
Size: 1/2 inch long

Where/When: Found nesting in gardens or lawns, particularly in sunny, dry areas with little vegetation. Andrenid bees are solitary, although many can nest in a small area. Active April and May.

Significance: They are docile and nonaggressive and stings are very rare. They are important pollinators and should be preserved and left alone.
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