- 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
Restricted to sandy coastal locations
Polylectic - Cirsium, Centaurea, Echium, Lotus, Ononis, Vicia, Lathyrus, Epilobium, Plantago
All of Europe, including Britain and Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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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.