- Medium-large sized solitary species (12-14mm)
- Spring flight period, April - July
- Females with ginger thorax and dark hairs on the face
- Males generally smaller than females
Local. Most often associated with woodland, bog, and dry heath.
Ground nesting (sandy soil)
Feeds on the flowers of Bilberry, usually Vaccinium myrtillus
North and Central Europe, between 43ºN and 70ºN, up to 2000-2100m in the Swiss and Austrian Alps
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists
Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.