Species Account for Andrena pilipes sens. lat.
Andrena pilipes sens. lat. of British Authors
a mining bee
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data
The mining bee Andrena pilipes in the carbonaria group, has been split into the very rare Andrena nigrospina and the Nationally Scarce Andrena pilipes sens. str. Both species occur in the region and only males can be definitively identified, so the females collected cannot be assigned to one species. The habitats of these species includes sandy areas of heathland, waste ground and sandpits, coastal grassland and landslips, although A. nigrospina has been recorded inland whereas A. pilipes sens. str. is coastal. They require patches of bare, sandy soil or short turf in warm, sunny situations for nesting. References