Davies' Colletes - Colletes daviesanus


Size 7 to 9 mm. This is the smallest species of Colletes in the UK. It is more grey brown than other similar species, and has sparser thoracic hair (allowing the mesonotum to shine through).

Identification difficulty

May be seen visiting flowers and at its nesting sites.

When to see it

Mid June to mid September. Females provision the nest entirely from flowers in the family Asteraceae, Tansy, Daisies and Ragwort being common forage plants.

Life History

Will nest in soft steep or vertical faces such as sandstone cliffs, steep cuttings etc. It will also nest in soft mortar joints in brickwork – and can cause considerable problems when a large number f bees use the same site.

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout England, Wales and the Channel Islands, but scarce in Scotland, where it is known only from scattered coastal sites as far north as Invernesshire.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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