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Species Account for Epeolus cruciger

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Epeolus cruciger  (Panzer, 1799)
a solitary bee
Aculeata: Anthophorinae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on Colletes succinctus, C.marginatus

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Epeolus cruciger is a cleptoparasite of Colletes succinctus and C. marginatus mining bees. It is widely found on heathland and moorland where Colletes succinctus can often be a frequent species collecting heather pollen. It also occurs on coastal sand dunes with C. marginatus. In Essex heathland is a scarce habitat and E. cruciger has only been found at 3 sites, at Barking Levels (where a rare form of C. succinctus foraging on Asteraceae used to occur), Canvey Wick and East Tilbury Silt Lagoons. The Barking site has been destroyed by development. The C. marginatus host is only recorded in the county at Canvey Wick, East Tilbury and silt lagoons at Shellhaven (also now destroyed) in South Essex and Dovercourt in North Essex. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 5 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 2 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2 records with habitat detail and method information)

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