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 Miner Bee (Anthophora ursina)




Miner Bee | Anthophora ursina photo
Bee (Anthophora ursina)

Photograph by Jerry A. Payne, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MINER BEE FACTS

Description
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.

Size
about 15mm long

Breeding
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.

Range
Anthophora ursina is found in both eastern and western United States

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Apidae
Genus:Anthophora
Species:ursina
Common Name:Miner Bee


Relatives in same Genus
  Miner Bee (A. abrupta)