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Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
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Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Species Account for Stelis ornatula

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Stelis ornatula  (Klug, 1807)
a cuckoo bee
Aculeata: Megachilinae

Stelis ornatula Copyright: Peter Harvey

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National status: RDB3
Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Endangered

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Stelis ornatula
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on Hoplitis claviventris

Species text
There are scattered records for southern Britain, but is a rare and declined bee with post-1970 records for only about a dozen widely scattered sites (Falk, 1991b). Stelis ornatula is a cleptoparasite of the bee Hoplitis claviventris, itself an Essex Red Data book species considered Vulnerable in the county. S. ornatula has been reared on numerous occasions from the bramble, rose and ragwort stem-nests of the host. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 6 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 5 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 4 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Stelis ornatula

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