Andrena falsifica Perkins, 1915

Distribution

Southern England; there is a single record from North-east Yorkshire (Whitby, 13 May 1924 (Keighly Museum) (Archer, 1998)). This small bee is very local, rare and easily overlooked.

The range extends throughout Europe and west Asia; southern Scandinavia to Spain and Italy and east to Transcaucasus (Gusenleitner & Schwarz, 2002).

Status (in Britain only)

This species is listed as Nationally Notable/Na (now known as Nationally Scarce) (Falk, 1991).

Habitat

Imperfectly known though many records are from heaths and moors.

Flight period

Apparently univoltine; March or April to late June and early July.

Nesting biology

Details not known although it has been reported to nest solitarily (Kocourek, 1966; Dylewska, 1987; Westrich, 1989).

Flowers visited

Cinquefoil, wild strawberry, a speedwell, daisy.

Parasites

Nomada flavoguttata (Kirby) has been recorded as a cleptoparasite of this species. Individuals are occasionally stylopised by an unknown Stylops species (Strepsiptera).

Author of profile

G R Else.

Year profile last updated

2016