Sphecodes perversus RITSEMA 1879
Description and notes
Found locally and sparingly in southern England and Wales. Abroad, found throughout much of Europe, but apparently rare everywhere.
Status (in Britain only)
Listed as Rare (RDB3) in both Shirt (1987) and Falk (1991).
Found in open, broadleaved woodland and heath margins, situations
Univoltine. Very few females of this species are known but the flight period of this sex is probably from early April to mid September. Males are captured more frequently, from late July to late September.
This bee does not collect pollen as it is a cleptoparasite. The host is believed to be Lasioglossum zonulum, although R C L Perkins considered Halictus eurygnathus a possible host, without evidence.
Flower visits are recorded from the daisy family plants (Asteraceae) and, in continental Europe, carrots (Daucus sp.).
No information available.
Year profile last updated
Proofed: January 2012