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Species Account for Heriades truncorum

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Heriades truncorum  (Linnaeus, 1758)
a solitary bee
Aculeata: Megachilinae

Heriades truncorum

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National status: RDBK
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important
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Heriades truncorum
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
forages on yellow composites. Now widely distributed.

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The bee is restricted in Britain to several south-eastern counties. Apart from one very old unconfirmed Essex record of this species mentioned in Else (1998), the species was first recorded in the county near South Ockendon in 1999, and has subsequently been found at a number of sites near the Thames in South Essex. In 2007 it was recorded from brownfield land in Colchester, and is clearly spreading northwards. The bee nests in holes in dead wood, and has been observed nesting in dead, broken Rubus stems and flying about masonry (Else, 1998). Resin, probably from various sources, is used in nest construction and the females gather pollen from composites (Asteraceae), especially Ragwort Senecio jacobaea. References

Species text last edited on Wed Nov 25th 2009 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 30 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 21 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 22 records with habitat detail and method information)

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