- 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)
Very rare. The one currently known population is within a bog.
Ground nesting (hard sand, compact soil/peat)
Feeds only on Asteraceae, strong association with yellow flowers - Taraxacum, Hieracium, Crepis, Hypochaeris, Leontodon
All of Europe, northwards to 63ºN, up to 1800m in the Swiss Alps
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020
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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.