Fall Mining Bees
"Several bees are oligoleges of Solidago spp. (Goldenrods). These species include: Andrena hirticincta, Andrena nubecula, Andrena placata, Andrena simplex, Andrena solidaginis...)" (Illinois Wildflowers)
Mining Bees females carry the pollen on the "upper part of their hind legs, seemingly in their 'armpits'." (Attracting Native Pollinators)
Mining bees nest in the ground in sandy soil. Their nests are parasitized by Cuckoo Bees (Nomada spp.).
If you have Aster or Goldenrod species in your landscape, be sure to be on the lookout for Mining Bees visiting the flowers.
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm