- Medium sized solitary species (7-12mm)
- Chunky in appearance
- Females have ginger hairs on the thorax, and ginger hair bands on the abdomen which are most obvious at the tip
- Males are often smaller, with greyer hairs on the thorax
Restricted to sand dunes, found on the east and south coasts
Nest in empty snail-shells
Polylectic - Inula, Carduus, Onopordum, Echium, Helianthemum, Lotus, Vicia, Lathyrus, Onobrychis, Trifolium, Ononis, Medicago, Melilotus, Lupinus, Salvia, Lamium, Ajuga
South- and Central-Europe, northwards up to 57ºN, up to 2000m in the Alps
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.