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Species Account for Sphecodes spinulosus

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

 
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National status: RDB2
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Vulnerable



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

Species text
This species is a cleptoparasite of the much declined halictine bee Lasioglossum xanthopus. The host is a large attractive mining bee known to occur on coastal landslips, calcareous grasslands and disturbed situations (Falk, 1991). In Essex the host is rare and associated with old flower rich grasslands, and S. spinulosus has only been recorded where there are large host populations, at Wakering and Barling, an old sand pit in Colchester and at Anchor Field, West Thurrock. Species account provided by P.R.Harvey 2007. References

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

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