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A white bumblebee?

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This bee was spotted in Fareham, Hampshire on 8th April. There are no other photos, but there is just a hint of white hairs on the tail.
Any ideas?

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Alan

     

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Hi Alan/ portbee,
Welcome to the forum.
Try the beautiful solitary bee Andrena cineraria the Ashy Mining Bee [see Steve Falk’s bee book, Plate 4, Page 125].  Several years ago, I once saw a large aggregation of these bees in Wakerley Woods, Northants. 
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Hallo Alan

Urbanbumble has already identified this bee for you.

Please visit the BWARS (Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society) website.  They are collecting observations of 4 common spring bees.  Follow   Home>Submit records>Spring bee recording>Andrena cineraria.  You can submit your observation and photos.  I am certain they they will be interested to receive your observations to add to their records and distribution map.

I have recently seen a mass nesting aggregation on a dry sunny bank covered with short grass at Upton Grey in NE Hampshire.

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Thanks both for your information.

Portbee