Epeolus cruciger (cuckoobee) Cavenham heath NR

Widely distributed throughout much of southern and central Britain (becoming scarcer in the northern part of its range) and locally common, at least in many southern sites. It is also known from Jersey (Grosnez Point, 1989, M E Archer, pers. comm.). There is a specimen collected on 8th July, 1899 at Irvine Moor, Ayr, in The Natural History Museum, London, which may be this species, but it is in too poor a condition to be certain. The species has not been found in Ireland. Widespread in Europe, occurring as far north as central Finland.

Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Inland heaths (where it is often common) and moors; also coastal sand dunes and undercliffs.

Flight period
Univoltine; end of June to late September. A small form associating with Colletes marginatus flies earlier in the season, in June and July… BWARS