Taxonomy

Colletes (Colletes) floralis | Northern Colletes

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

VULNERABLE

Species Biology

Identification

  • Medium sized solitary species (8-12mm)
  • Thorax with ginger hairs (fade with age)
  • Both males and females with bands of white hair on the abdomen
  • Males generally smaller than females, with hairier faces
  • Could be confused with C. daviesanus or C. similis
  • Ireland holds a significant proportion of the world's population of this declining species

Habitat

Restricted to sand dunes

Flight period

May-August

Nesting biology

Ground nesting (sandy soil)

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Daucus, Crepis, Leontodon, Senecio, Trifolium, Ranunculus, Bellis, Thymus, Jasione, Sedum, Potentilla, Rubus, Lotus, Hypochaeris, Erica, Heracleum, Angelica, Sedum, Eryngium

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Mainly coasts and mountains of Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, south Finland; and the Urals, Pyrenees, Alps and Caucasus mountains

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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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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