Andrena denticulata (Kirby, 1802)

Synonyms

Andrena listerella (Kirby, 1802).

Description and notes

This is a medium-sized Andrena, one of a group of five species (A. denticulata, A. fuscipes (Kirby), A. nigriceps (Kirby), A. simillima Smith and A. tridentata (Kirby)) where the females have distinctive, triangular hind tibiae which do not incurve distally and with a strongly banded appearance to the copiously-haired abdomen. Within the group the species are all rather similar, especially the males.

  Pre 1980   1980-99   2000 and later

The following datasets are included:

  • Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Trial Dataset

Distribution

Although widely dispersed throughout Great Britain and Ireland, this species is localised and rarely frequent at any one site. It is possible that the species is declining due to overall habitat loss.

A. denticulata is widespread in Europe. However, it has been categorised as Red List 3, Endangered, in Germany.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Identification

Female (left) and male (right).
(Photos: Steven Falk)

Habitat

May be found in open, grassland habitats where there is a good representation of yellow Asteraceae flowers. It is most often associated with sandy areas.

Flight period

Univoltine; July to September.

Nesting biology

Nests singly in the ground.

Flowers visited

A variety of species of the Asteraceae, especially yellow-flowered ones.

Parasites

The cuckoo-bee Nomada rufipes Fabricius is a parasite of this species.

Author of profile

M Edwards.

Year profile last updated

2006