Andrena lathamana Kirby, 1802.
A large, attractive mining bee which occurs in two colour forms, more noticeably in females than in males. In females the most frequent form has a largely black gaster, whereas in the other form, tergites 1-2 (occasionally 3) and sternite 2 are conspicuously marked with red (figured by Westrich (1989)). Males usually have black gasters, though in some, tergites 1-3 are posteriorly marked with red. Andrena hattorfiana, in common with A. marginata Fabricius, is strongly associated with scabious flowers and both bees may occur together in the same locality.
Very local but widely distributed in southern England and south Wales. Generally encountered only in small numbers, but occasionally (as in some sites on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire) the species is quite numerous. The presence of scabious (especially field scabious, Knautia arvensis) is a necessary requirement. Not recorded from Ireland. In Europe, found from southern Fennoscandia to the south of France and east to the Caucasus. There is also a record from north Africa.