Taxonomy

Andrena (Andrena) praecox

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

VULNERABLE

Species Biology

Identification


  • Medium sized solitary species (9-11mm)
  • Spring flight period, March - June
  • Thorax with dull brown hairs
  • Females with bands of pale hair on the abdomen
  • Males generally smaller than females, abdomen much less hairy

Habitat

Not common. Found in rural locations where Willow is present rather than associated with a particular habitat type.

Flight period

March-June

Nesting biology

Ground nesting (sandy/loess soils)

Flowers visited

Feeds only on Willow

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Europe, between 40ºN and 62ºN, up to 2000m in the Swiss Alps

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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References

Publications

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.

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