Taxonomy

Sphecodes pellucidus

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Data deficient - known from only one location

Species Biology

Identification

  • Medium sized solitary species (7-9mm)
  • 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

Rare. Habitat associations unknown.

Flight period

June

Nesting biology

Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nests of Andrena barbilabris

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Anthemis, Bellis, Tripleurospermum, Tussilago, Taraxacum, Sedum, Salix, Veronica

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, northwards to southern Sweden and southern Finland

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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