- 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
Not common. Known from a range of locations including parks and gardens
Cavity and ground nesting
Polylectic - Cirsium, Campanula, Sedum, Lotus, Ononis, Genista, Lathyrus, Trifolium, Epilobium
South, Central, and Northern Europe, in the Alps up to 2000m
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020
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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.