Taxonomy

Megachile (Xanthosarus) maritima

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Near threatened

Species Biology

Identification

  • Large sized solitary species (11-16mm)
  • Females have blonde/ginger hairs on the thorax and upper bands 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. willughbiella

Preferred environment

Restricted to sandy coastal locations

Flight period

June-July

Nesting biology

Ground nesting

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Cirsium, Centaurea, Echium, Lotus, Ononis, Vicia, Lathyrus, Epilobium, Plantago

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, including Britain and Ireland

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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