Colletes (Colletes) similis
- 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.floralis
Restricted to sand dunes. Known only from the east and south coast of Ireland
Ground nesting (sandy/lime soil)
Oligolectic on Asteraceae - Tanacetum, Tripleurospermum, Inula, Anthemis, Achillea, Tanacetum, Erigeron
Across Europe, including Britain and Ireland, northwards to Finland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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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.