- 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
Not common. Majority of known populations are from parks and gardens
Polylectic - Inula, Cirsium, Centaurea, Carlina, Lotus, Lathyrus, Ononis, Hypericum
All of Europe, excluding the extreme north
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.