Marsh Damsel Bug – Male and female (St davids)

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I am awaiting id confirmation on these two insects.

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Lasioglossum smeathmanellum

Without a sample and examining under a microscope this is not a 100% ID

Distribution
Restricted to southern England, Channel Islands, Wales and north to Northumberland. It is gradually replaced by the closely related L. cupromicans towards the north, and in upland situations, particularly in the South-west. The species has a generally Mediterranean and Atlantic distribution in Europe. It is also known from north Africa.

Status (in Britain only)
This bee is not regarded as being scarce or threatened. However, the species does seem to have declined nationally in recent years (G R Else, pers. comm. & M Edwards, pers. obs.).

Habitat
Although L. smeathmanellum may be encountered almost anywhere in southern England and Wales, it is often abundant on coastal soft-rock cliffs. Inland it is frequently reported as nesting in the soft mortar of old walls.

Flight period
Females fly between late March and September, males are found between July and September. As with all British Lasioglossum, only mated females hibernate.

Pollen collected
This species is polylectic.

Nesting biology
Often nests communally in suitable areas of old walls and bare cliffs, but is not known to be eusocial, with a queen and a few workers.

Flowers visited
Recorded visiting a wide variety of flowers from a number of different plant families…BWARS

Andrena thoracica – St Davids

Excited folks, I made a wrong Id the other day this is not a fresh Andrena carantonica. It is a faded but very late Andrena thoracica I did not consider this bee because its known flying time ends in August.

Distribution
This species is locally common in coastal localities in southern Britain, but is also known from a number of inland sites, often on heathy soils, where it rarely attains the abundance of some of its coastal locations. Males patrol nesting areas, flying extremely quickly along the edge of cliffs, just below the top edge. It is widespread, but rarely common, in Europe. It is also found throughout the steppe regions of Asia.

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

Habitat
May be found in open, sandy-grassland habitats, particularly where these are associated with exposed vertical cliffs, which provide the favoured nesting sites.

Flight period
Bivoltine: March to May and July to August

Pollen collected
Widely polylectic.

Nesting biology
Strongly associated with vertical cliffs of sandy material, but may also use more level sandy areas.

Ocypus brunnipes-St Davids

Description
A large dark brown or blackish rove beetle with orange legs. It can measure up to 13 mm or more.
Habitat
Various habitats including damp but well drained soils, in woods and under stones.
When to see it
All year but mainly March to October.
UK Status
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain…. Naturespot