- 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
Rare. Habitat associations unknown.
Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nests of Lasioglossum calceatum, L. albipes
Polylectic - Heracleum, Calluna
Temparate Europe, including Britain, Ireland, northwards to Finland, up to 2300m 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.