- Medium-large sized solitary species (10-15mm)
- Cleptoparasite - breeds in nests of Megachile species
- Abdomen is black with pale hair bands and is extremely pointed at the tip in females
- Abdomen is less pointed in males, which have hairier faces
- Can be confused with Coelioxys inermis
Rare. Most often recorded from coastal sites where Megachile is present, but precise habitat associations unclear.
This species is a cleptoparasite of Megachile willughbiella and M. circumcincta
Polylectic - Lotus, Trifolium, Knautia, Jasione, Echium, Epilobium, Leontodon, Solidago
All of Europe, up to southern Finland, including Britain and Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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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.