Taxonomy

Andrena (Melandrena) nigroaenea

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

VULNERABLE

Species Biology

Identification


  • Large sized solitary species (13-16mm)
  • Long flight period: April- August (two generations per year)
  • Thorax with brown hairs
  • Abdomen of female with pale bands of hair and black hairs at its tip, and with rear legs clothed in brown/ginger hairs
  • Males generally smaller than females, with hairier faces

Habitat

Not common. Known from various habitats including parks and gardens.

Flight period

April-August

Nesting biology

Ground nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Anthriscus, Heracleum, Chaerophylium, Ilex, Taraxacum, Crepis, Brassica, Sinapis, Stellaria, Helianthemum, Vaccinium, Trifolium, Ranunculus, Rubus, Crataegus, Salix

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Almost all of Europe, northwards to 60ºN

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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