Early Colletes (Colletes cunicularis)

Early Colletes (also known as Vernal Colletes or Spring Colletes) is a coastal dune species that is increasingly turning up at inland sandy sites and is the only Colletes species that is on the wing during Spring (during early April to late May).  It is a solitary mining bee that nests in sandy banks and can form quite large nesting aggregations alongside others of the same species.