Taxonomy

Sphecodes monilicornis

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Least concern

Species Biology

Identification

  • 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

Habitat

Known from a range of habitat types.

Flight period

May-September

Nesting biology

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

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Daucus, Achillea, Cirsium, Taraxacum, Hieracium, Jasione, Calluna, Fragaria, Veronica

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, northwards to Finland, up to 2000m in the Alps

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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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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