Snail Hunter – (Cychrus caraboides) *St Davids, Wales*

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Description
Length 14 to 19 mm. This beetle has a long thin head designed for getting inside snail shells to eat the flesh. It also has a pear-shaped body and is not likely to be confused with any other species.
Habitat
It is mainly found in woodland and other shaded habitats living under rotten logs.
When to see it
It can found all year. In winter, it hibernates, often in groups, in hollows under logs and stones.
Life History
Larvae occur during autumn and winter as a result of autumn breeding.
UK Status
Quite common and widespread over much of Britain.

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Andrena labiata (Girdled Mining Bee) *St Davids,Wales*

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Throughout suthern England to north Yorkshire and Wales. Very local and mainly confined to sandy soils both on the coast and inland. There are no records from Ireland, but the species does occur in the Channel Islands. This species declined greatly in the period 1950-1990 but has since become much more frequent.

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 A small mining bee with a largely red gaster in both sexes, very reminiscent of certain bees of the genus Sphecodes (Halictidae). The male has a yellow clypeus and lower paraocular areas.