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Species Account for Hylaeus pictipes

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Hylaeus pictipes  Nylander, 1852
a solitary bee
Aculeata: Colletinae

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

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Status: Na

Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened
Records: 35
First Record: 1996
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 12

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Species text
This is a very small yellow-faced bee whose habitat preferences are unclear. It has been found in woods, fenland, coastal dunes and occasionally gardens. Nests have been found in old beetle holes in posts and in hollow stems of Rubus and Rosa. It is single brooded, with adults recorded mid-June to late August. There are flower-visiting records for a number of plants, but it is unclear if these are nectar or pollen sources. British pollen sources are unknown but flower-visiting records (possibly only nectar sources) include Brassica, Reseda, Rubus, Heracleum, Cirsium and Jasione montana. In Germany, a wide variety of pollens are used (Westrich 1989), and in a garden in Wickford they were flying around the Ceanothus.Confirmed records are scattered widely over southern England north to Cambs., also in Wales, but there are only about 20 known post-1970 sites in the status review by Falk (1991). Prevent the invasion of scrub and coarse vegetation onto open habitat but retain some areas either as a scrub ecotone, or as a scattering of bushes, brambles, etc. Maintain any established management (e.g. grazing or cutting) that maintains a balance between open and scrubby vegetation types. Consider the introduction of management on unmanaged sites, especially where succession is a problem. Note the importance of features such as dead twigs, tree stumps, bramble clumps, old posts etc. in sunny locations, during site management. Prevent excessive grazing or cutting which will lead to a loss of structural and floral diversity. In woods, maintain rides and clearings in an open condition and retain the presence of suitable nesting sites and flower-rich situations. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 12 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 6 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 35 records with habitat detail and method information)

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