Taxonomy

Andrena (Chlorandrena) humilis

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Species Biology

Identification


  • Medium-large sized solitary species (12-14mm)
  • Early summer flight period: June - July
  • Thorax black with few hairs
  • Abdomen black with few hairs
  • Males generally smaller than females and with a white/cream face (clypeus)

Habitat

Very rare. The one currently known population is within a bog.

Flight period

June-July

Nesting biology

Ground nesting (hard sand, compact soil/peat)

Flowers visited

Feeds only on Asteraceae, strong association with yellow flowers - Taraxacum, Hieracium, Crepis, Hypochaeris, Leontodon

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, northwards to 63ºN, up to 1800m 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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