- Small-medium sized solitary species (6-9mm)
- Abdomen mainly red and black but can have small areas of yellow.
- Females and males have a flat-topped ridge between the antennae
- Males are generally smaller than females
Not common, most known records are from wooded sites.
Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nests of Andrena coitana, A. tarsata
Polylectic - Calluna, Thymus, Jasione, Potentilla, Geranium, Cirsium, Hieracium, Solidago
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.