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Species Account for Melitta leporina

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Melitta leporina  (Panzer, 1779)
a mining bee
Aculeata: Melittinae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened

Records: 114
First Record: 1976
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 15
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 15
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
forages on legumes. Recent work shows should be Nb

Species text
This bee collects pollen from clovers and vetches, and is an uncommon species of open grassland on sand, chalk and clay soils in southern England, becoming scarce in the northern counties and Wales. Current evidence suggests that its status should be reviewed (Edwards, 1998; BWARS website It nests in sandy ground. It is probably a host species to the Nationally Scarce cuckoo bee Nomada flavopicta. In Essex the bee is only otherwise recorded from the East Thames Corridor, where its metapopulation is threatened by large-scale loss of flower rich grassland, post industrial habitats, old sand pits and waste ground by development. References

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


Broad Habitat Data (based on 57 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 37 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 114 records with habitat detail and method information)

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