- Medium sized solitary species, but largest Colletes species in Ireland (10-13mm)
- Thorax with ginger hairs (fade with age)
- Both males and females with prominent bands of white hair on the abdomen
- Males generally smaller than females, with hairier faces
Strongly associated with bog, heath and heathy woodland.
Ground nesting (sandy/lime soil)
Oligolectic, associated with the flowers of heaths, especially Calluna and Erica
South and Central Europe, Britain, Ireland, northwards to Sweden and Finland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018
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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.