Lasioglossum pauxillum-Lode

(not my photo the bee is so small and flighty I failed to get a photo a specimen was caught and keyed)

Lasioglossum_pauxillum_01_04-06-2015

Historically this was a scarce species of southern England but it has shown a substantial increase in the 21st century, expanding its range over much of central England. It occurs in a wide range of dry habitats but perhaps especially calcareous grasslands and brownfield sites. Various flowers and spring blossoms are visited. A possible host of Sphecodes crassus and S. ferruginatus.

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3 thoughts on “Lasioglossum pauxillum-Lode

    • Yes basically many bees can’t be identified from a photo so you have to key out a specimen, while I really don’t like taking a specimen there is such under recording and if we don’t know what we have we then don’t know what we are loosing , I’m trying to get a complete list of bees that are in a heavily farmed area to see the impact of sprays and general farming , The only place I have recorded Osmia bicolor in this field system was destroyed this year by ditch clearing .. the only Andrena cineraria small aggregation was also destroyed by them scraping a large area of saplings ..

      • Oddly enough the farmers around us are cutting and clearing a lot this year to enlarge their fields. Interesting to study a heavily farmed area. Amelia

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