Taxonomy

Megachile (Megachile) ligniseca

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Data deficient - known from one location

Species Biology

Identification

  • Very large sized solitary species (15-17mm)
  • Females have grey/ginger hairs on the thorax, grey hair bands on the 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
  • Very rare, only known from one location in Ireland

Habitat

Rare. Habitat associations unknown.

Flight period

July

Nesting biology

Dead wood nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Cirsium, Centaurea, Knautia, Lotus, Salvia, Plantago

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

 North, Central, and Eastern Europe

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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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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