Hylaeus pictipes – allotment

A new species for me this bee is 4mm in size so often overlooked.

Hylaeus pictipes male

Status (in Britain only)
Not listed in Shirt (1987). Falk (1991) lists this bee as a Notable A species, now known as Nationally Scarce (Na).

Open woodland, fens, coastal dunes and shingle, and occasionally urban gardens.

Flight period
Univoltine; mid June to late August.

Pollen collected
Polylectic, foraging from species in the families Apiaceae, Asteraceae, Boraginaceae, Campanulaceae, Liliaceae, Resedaceae and Rosaceae (Westrich 1989).

Nesting biology
Nests have been found in burrows in bramble (Rubus) and rose (Rosa) stems. Others were located in the vacated burrows of Anobium punctatum in dead gorse stems in Kent (pers. obs.).

Flowers visited
Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.), a cabbage (Brassica sp.), a crane’s-bill (Geranium sp.), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), a mignonette (Reseda sp.) and sheep’s-bit (Jasione montana).

The chalcid wasp Coelopencyrtus arenarius has been reared from nests in dead gorse stems collected by G H L Dicker at Dungeness, East Kent…. BWARS

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