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Species Account for Stelis breviuscula

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Stelis breviuscula  (Nylander, 1848)
a cuckoo bee
Aculeata: Megachilinae

 
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National status: RDBK
Saproxylic species



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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
 
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Essex Red Data List comment
Recorded from 2 out of 57x10km.sq. records in county

Species text
All four British Stelis species are rare bees. Stelis breviuscula is a fairly recent addition to the British list, with a fresh male collected from a ragwort flowers near Midhurst, West Sussex, in 1984. However it is considered to be an indigenous species in view of its obligate association as a cleptoparasite of Heriades truncorum. The host nests in burrows in dead wood and occasionally crumbling masonry. S. breviuscula has been recorded visiting flowers of bramble Rubus, sheep`s-bit Jasione montana, yarrow Achillea millefolium, mouse-ear hawkweed Hieracium pilosella and dandelion Taraxacum. At Fobbing Marshes a single male was collected new to Essex with Heriades truncorum at old fence postsin 2005. References

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

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