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Miner Bee (Anthophora ursina)
Bee (Anthophora ursina)
Photograph by Jerry A. Payne, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
MINER BEE FACTSDescription
Anthophora ursina is a solitary bee that is similar in shape to the Bumble Bee. The head and thorax have whitish hairs and the abdomen is black with pale narrow bands.. The wings are transparent or semi-transparent with dark veins.
about 15mm long
Females dig burrows in bare soil in they soil, banks or slopes. They collect pollen to put into the nest for the larvae to feed on. The eggs are white. Once the eggs have been laid, the nest is capped with clay.
Anthophora ursina is found in both eastern and western United States
Relatives in same Genus
Miner Bee (A. abrupta)