A 'flying' visit to Norwich, 23 March 2024

We were hospital visiting in Norwich on Saturday and combined it with a walk along Earlham Road into the city for lunch. The verges on Earlham Road are covered in Glory-of-the-Snow at the moment and look lovely. Even lovelier however were a couple of Grey-backed Mining Bees, Andrena vaga at a newly discovered small colony on West Pottergate near the underpass. This species was first seen in Norfolk in 2021 and remains very rare. I only had my phone with me so will have to return for some better photos. Hairy-footed Flower Bee was the other sighting of note.

                                                                                                                     Grey-backed Mining Bee
                                                                                                                         Hairy-footed Flower Bee

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