Taxonomy

Sphecodes ferruginatus

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

ENDANGERED

Species Biology

Identification

  • Medium sized solitary species (7-9mm)
  • Thorax black
  • Both males and females with red and black abdomen
  • Males generally smaller than females
  • Could be confused with the other Sphecodes species in Ireland

Habitat

Rare. Habitat associations unknown.

Flight period

May-August

Nesting biology

Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nests of Lasioglossum calceatum, L. albipes

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Heracleum, Calluna

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temparate Europe, including Britain, Ireland, northwards to Finland, up to 2300m in the Alps

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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