- Medium sized solitary species (8-10mm)
- Thorax black
- Both males and females with red and black abdomen
- Males generally slightly smaller than females
- Could be confused with the other Sphecodes species in Ireland
Known from a range of habitat types.
Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nests of Lasioglossum calceatum, L. albipes
Polylectic - Daucus, Achillea, Cirsium, Taraxacum, Hieracium, Jasione, Calluna, Fragaria, Veronica
All of Europe, northwards to Finland, up to 2000m in the Alps
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019
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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.