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Species Account for Sphecodes miniatus

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Sphecodes miniatus  von Hagens, 1882
a cuckoo bee
Aculeata: Halictinae

 
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National status: Nb
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 some Lasioglossum spp.

Species text
The bee is a cleptoparasite of Lasioglossum mining bees, reported to be associated with L. nitidiusculum, a very rare bee in Essex. Confirmed records are confined to the southern half of England, with a strong easterly bias. It has strong preference for dry, sandy habitats such as heathland and disturbed ground. References

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

Habitats

Broad Habitat Data (based on 3 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

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Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Sphecodes miniatus

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