Reddish Vale Country Park
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The Early Mining Bee is one of the earliest bees to be seen and can be seen as early as march. It is very common and can be seen nesting in many gardens, parks and roadsides.
Due to it's unstriking features it flies about unnoticed and is therefore less frquently reported than it actually appears.
The male is much smaller than the female and it's hairs are much lighter in colour, tending to be grey or even white.
The Early Mining Bee is not a choosy animal at all: neither to the place it builds it's nest or the flowers it uses to feed on. They actually benefit from human activity a lot. Females are often seen nesting alone, but groups of females do occur, even though these groups are never very big.
They readily nest in gardens, playgrounds, sportsfields, paths, and the sides of roads.
Like most mining bees, only one generation is produced yearly, resulting in a short period of activity.
Males can only be seen in April and May.
Females may start earlier, as early as March and may still be seen in June.