Andrena pubescens OLIVIER 1789; Andrena consimilis SMITH,F 1847
There has been considerable confusion over the correct name to apply to this distinctive spring flying species, A. nitida or A. pubescens. It is a large Andrena with, when fresh, bright, foxy-brown hair on the thorax and a polished black abdomen. Females have thin apical side-bars of white pubescence on abdominal segments 1-3, and males have copious white facial hair, especially on the clypeus.
This species is commonly found throughout southern Britain, becoming scarcer towards southern Yorkshire, its most northerly known county. There is some doubt about the correctness of Irish records (Stelfox, 1927) and those from Scotland. It is widespread and common in Europe, also being known from Iran.