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Species Account for Sphecodes rubicundus

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Sphecodes rubicundus  von Hagens, 1875
a cuckoo bee
Aculeata: Halictinae

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National status: Na
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on Andrena labialis

Species text
This bee is a cleptoparasite, almost certainly on the mining bee Andrena labialis. It is a widespread, but local southern species with post-1970 records for only about 20 sites, mostly in Kent and on the south coast of the Isle of Wight (Falk, 1991b). A substantial decline seems to have occurred in many districts, especially inland. In Essex the host is currently widely distributed along the South Essex coast, with two isolated records in North Essex, but the cleptoparasite is practically confined to the East Thames Corridor. References

Species text last edited on Tue Nov 9th 2010 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 36 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 23 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 18 records with habitat detail and method information)

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