Chalk Yellow-face Bee - Hylaeus dilatatus
British representatives of the subgenus Lambdopsis are restricted to Hylaeus dilatatus and H. annularis (formerly H. spilotus).The females of both differ from other British Hylaeus in the reduced, circular (not wedge-shaped or linear) paraocular markings; the males have greatly dilated, yellow and black-marked, sub-rectangular antennal scapes (easily visible to the naked eye).
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The species is often locally common on calcareous grassland, but has been reported from coastal sites, fens and open woodland.
Univoltine; early June to late August or early September. As with all British Hylaeus, the females are often long lived (the males having a considerably shorter adult life).
Nest burrows are made in old bramble stems and n the stems of some other plants.
Widely distributed, though local, in southern England; the range extends north to the Midlands (Leicestershire). In Wales, only recorded from South Glamorgan.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland no known.
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