Dark-winged Blood Bee - Sphecodes gibbus

Description

Body length about 10 mm. Of the 3 large species of Sphecodes, this one lacks the box-head of S. monilicornis: darker red and smokier wings than S. reticulatus. Expert confirmation of id is usually required.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

May be present in a wide variety of habitats.

When to see it

Females may be found between April and September, males between July and September. Early season females are searching for host nests, late season ones are searching for mates or overwintering sites.

Life History

The British host is Halictus rubicundus.

UK Status

Sphecodes gibbus is widespread and locally common in southern Britain with records extending thinly into southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map