Taxonomy

Megachile (Megachile) centuncularis

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Near threatened

Species Biology

Identification

  • Medium sized solitary species (9-12mm)
  • Females have grey/blonde hairs on the thorax and upper abdomen and dense red hairs on the under surface of the abdomen
  • Males are generally smaller and do not have red hairs on the under surface of the abdomen
  • Could be confused with Megachile versicolor

Habitat

Not common. Majority of known populations are from parks and gardens

Flight period

June-August

Nesting biology

Cavity nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Inula, Cirsium, Centaurea, Carlina, Lotus, Lathyrus, Ononis, Hypericum

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, excluding the extreme north

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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