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Species Account for Andrena nigrospina

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Andrena nigrospina  Thomson, 1872
a mining bee
Aculeata: Andreninae

 
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Endangered



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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
 
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Species text
The mining bee Andrena pilipes in the carbonaria group, has been split into the very rare Andrena nigrospina and the Nationally Scarce Andrena pilipes s.s. There are very few modern records of Andrena nigrospina and it is pRDB2 (Vulnerable) (ref. www.bwars.com). The habitats of these species includes sandy areas of heathland, waste ground and sandpits, coastal grassland and landslips, although A. nigrospina has usually been recorded inland whereas A. pilipes is coastal. They require patches of bare, sandy soil or short turf in warm, sunny situations for nesting. A. nigrospina has been reported from the Mill Wood Pit (now destroyed) by Penny Anderson Associates (Tatterhall et al. 1996) and was found in 1999 flying around Hoary Cress at the Wennington riverside (habitat now probably destroyed) and Anchor Field (West Thurrock) in 2002 and 2003. It also occurs at West Thurrock North Lagoon in numbers, together with the form of the cleptoparasite Nomada fulvicornis associated with A. nigrospina (Falk, 2005). References

Species text last edited on Thu Jun 12th 2008 by user 3

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Habitat Detail and Method (based on 7 records with habitat detail and method information)

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