Megachile (Delomegachile) willughbiella

Pre 2017

2017 - 2020


Conservation status

Near threatened

Species Biology


  • 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

Flight period


Nesting biology

Cavity and ground nesting

Flowers visited

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


World distribution(GBIF)

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

Temporal change

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).

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.