Andrena agilissima  (Scopoli, 1770)
Main synonym = Apis agillisima    Scopoli, 1770
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Andrenidae
Agile mining bee     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
This species is present in most of Europe especially around the entire Mediterranean region and are observed visiting flowers from April to June-July. The adults grow up to 13-15mm and possess a shiny black body, with tufts of white velvety hairs on parts of the face (the facial fovea), on either side of thorax, on the last abdominal segment and part (the femora) of the third pair of legs. The wings have a bluish reflections in sunshine

Andrena agilissima feeds only on pollen of a few genera of the the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family (e.g. Brassica rapa, Raphanus raphanistrum, Sinapis alba, S. arvensis, etc.) Ocassionaly, it can be seen on other plant families such as Resedaceae, specifically on Reseda alba in the pics below.

Females of the same generation can share the same nest, dug on sandy soil, on the damp areas or steep walls. Nests have a common entrance, but each individual has its own brood cells with its egg.

Search for Andrena agilissima  in the following online resources:
Google Yahoo Lycos Wikipedia Index to Organism Names
Google Scholar Catalogue of Life EUNIS Database NCBI Database (inc. Pubmed) Scirus
Other Links and info
Funghi & Fauna Main Page Wild Plants Main Index Close This Window
Image Code:

(required to buy images in this page)
This website needs financial support through sponsors or advertisment - check here .
All material and data on this webpage is under the copyright of the author of this site - Stephen Mifsud / www.MaltaWildPlants.com / Malta. (2002-2010)
This research project about the flora of Malta is sponsored by: