Hello folks i was hoping you could help, I have seeen in my garden now twice a Bumble bee ? which is
abdomen - mainly black with thin white stripes (But not Hairy)
thorax - Mainly Black but with a white rim around the outside , infact even a skull like shape on it
head - black
I tried to take a photo of it but it flew before I could.
Im a keen bee keeper and love watching all the many bee types i have in the garden but ive not been able to find anywhere on the internet or in books to identify this bee ?
Andrena are mining bees. We saw several earlier this year when we were hoeing the flower border and the bees came to investigate the disturbed soil. I took the following photograph which you could compare with your sighting.