Taxonomy

Megachile (Delomegachile) willughbiella

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Near threatened

Species Biology

Identification

  • Large sized solitary species (11-16mm)
  • Females have grey/ginger hairs on the thorax and upper bands of the abdomen, and dense red hairs on the under surface of the abdomen
  • Males have an obvious flattened fore leg (for digging) which is yellow and dense blond hairs on the face
  • Males could be confused with M. maritima

Habitat

Not common. Known from a range of locations including parks and gardens

Flight period

June-August

Nesting biology

Cavity and ground nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Cirsium, Campanula, Sedum, Lotus, Ononis, Genista, Lathyrus, Trifolium, Epilobium

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

South, Central, and Northern Europe, in the Alps up to 2000m

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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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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