Macropis europaea in your garden?

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Adrian Knowles
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Macropis europaea in your garden?

Yesterday I took a female Macropis europaea from flowers of the Dotted Loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata, from my garden.  I am tens of miles from the next closest known population of this bee and also many miles from significant stands of the normal forage plant, the wild Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia vulgaris.  So, it is worth checking your Dotted Loosestrife in your garden.  My patch is only about one square metre.  I'll have to look out for it in the other gardens in my village...

Nigel Jones
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Fantastic. What has always intrigued me about Lysimachia punctata is the very low numbers of insects that visit its flowers. It is virtually ignored by bees in my experience. I have been thinking about getting rid of it from my garden because of this, but now, even though I am many miles, in Shrewsbury, from the nearest records of M. europaea, I think I will hang on to some of it, because over the last decade a good few totally unexpected aculeates have turned up locally.

 

Good tip off!

Stuart Roberts
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Macropis europaea in your garden?

I, too, have searched countless flowering stems of this species and never had a sniff of Macropis europaea. As Nigel has also observed, there seem to be few insect visitors to the plant. 

 

L. vulgaris is the key plant for sure, and even single flowering plants can turn up trumps. Beware of botanical surveys though... although the plant is often recorded by botanists in shady places, it is reluctant to flower unless in full sunshine

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