Species Account for Andrena pilipes sens. str.
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data
Andrena pilipes is a scarce mining bee in the carbonaria group, host to the Nationally Rare (RDB3) cuckoo bee Nomada fulvicornis. It is mainly coastal in distribution, and is widespread in south Essex along the East Thames Corridor. It occurs in sandy areas of heathland, waste ground and sandpits, coastal grassland and landslips. The bee requires patches of bare, sandy soil or short turf in warm, sunny situations for nesting. The first brood is reported to collect pollen from Salix, Prunus and Brassica, whilst the second brood favours Rubus and thistles (Falk 1991). References