Andrena helvola- Lode

New species to me.

Distribution
This species is widely distributed in England and the south coast of Wales. There are several modern records from Scotland and it should be sought elsewhere in this country. It is unknown from Ireland.
It is widely distributed in Europe.
Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.
Habitat
Most often found in deciduous woodland on a variety of soil types.
Flight period
April to June.
Nesting biology
A solitarily nesting species.
Flowers visited
A wide variety of flowers are visited, perhaps more often the following: wood spurge, field maple, hawthorn and holly.
Parasites
Nomada panzeri Lepeletier has been recorded as a cleptoparasite. Stylopised males have
been found on several occasions (G R Else and M Edwards, pers. obs).

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