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Species Account for Anthophora quadrimaculata

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Anthophora quadrimaculata  (Panzer, 1798)
a solitary bee
Aculeata: Anthophorinae

Anthophora quadrimaculata

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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data

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Status: Nb

Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important
Records: 32
First Record: 1984
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 10
Pre-1992 hectads: 2
Total hectads: 11

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Anthophora quadrimaculata is a very local species which is sometimes common in gardens. Post-1970 information is known for about 30 sites, mostly in Kent, with others sparsely scattered over southern England (Falk, 1991b). It is principally a bee of gardens and suburban waste ground. Occasionally encountered in other habitats such as on coastal cliffs, coastal dunes and heathland. Nesting usually occurs in light soil, including on sandy banks and cliffs, and clay or mortar walls. It can occur in small aggregations. Sunny, south facing situations are favoured. The British pollen sources are unknown but it shows a preference for labiates such as Nepeta and Lamium purpureum in gardens. Other flower visiting records include Ononis, Euphorbia paralias, Echium, Linaria purpurea, Salvia officinalis, Lavandula, Stachys germanica, Ballota nigra, Lamium album and Teucrium scorodonia. Threats include the loss of urban waste ground and other subsidiary habitats to development, agriculture and intensive forestry. Many sites have become unsuitable, either by scrub encroachment and the shading out of nesting sites and forage plants or the loss of flower-richness through factors such as 'tidying up' sites. Management should maintain suitable nesting sites (e.g. earth banks or old walls) in warm and sunny situations and prevent the formation of scrub or coarse vegetation using grazing, burning or cutting as appropriate. Plenty of flowers should be encouraged, especially labiates such as Nepeta and Lamium purpureum. The presence of suitable nesting sites and suitable flowers is likely to depend on some disturbance at many localities, especially on waste ground (Falk, op. cit.). References

Species text last edited on Fri May 30th 2008 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 11 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 4 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 32 records with habitat detail and method information)

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