• WordNet 3.6
    • n andrena a bee that is a member of the genus Andrena
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n andrena A genus of solitary bees, typical of the family Andrenidæ (which see). It is of large extent, including nearly 200 European species. Its members burrow in the ground to the depth of several inches, and are among the earliest insects abroad in the spring.
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In literature:

To those of the Andrena and Halictus tribe the flower is evidently best adapted.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
When Andrena finishes her house she makes a nourishing paste of nectar and pollen.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
They construct their cells in the stems of plants, and in rotten posts and trees, or, like Andrena, they burrow in sunny banks.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard

In news:

From homeless addict to minister and AIDS activist, Andrena Ingram wants to save your soul — and your life.
When pastor Andrena Ingram throws open the doors of St Michael's Lutheran Church in Mount Airy, she almost seems to jar the spacious 283-year-old edifice from a long slumber.