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Species Account for Sphecodes niger

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Sphecodes niger  von Hagens, 1874
a cuckoo bee
Aculeata: Halictinae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

Records: 47
First Record: 1995
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 21
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 21
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on Lasioglossum morio

Species text
Sphecodes niger is found in the south of England on chalk grassland, clay cliffs and disturbed situations on light soils. It is a parasite of bees in the genus Lasioglossum, L. morio being the probable host species. There are scattered records across most of Essex, mostly from the East Thames Corridor. The larvae of S. niger use the nest and larval food of the host. References

Species text last edited on Tue Nov 9th 2010 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 15 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 13 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 47 records with habitat detail and method information)

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