Hairy Legged Mining Bee - Dasypoda hirtipes

    Description

    Females are pretty unmistakeable due to the oversized, bright yellow pollen baskets on the hind legs and the banded abdomen. They are fairly large with a body length of about 13mm. Males resemble oversized Melitta leporina males but have two rather than three submarginal wings cells and much longer legs. The hind tibiae have lots of long hairs, but these do not form a dense brush.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    Very sandy habitats such as coastal dunes, heathland, sandpits, sandy brownfield sites and saltmarsh edge.

    When to see it

    Univoltine; late June to the end of August or the beginning of September.

    Life History

    Nesting occurs in flat, sandy ground, even well-trodden footpaths, where colonies can reach great size.

    UK Status

    Records are concentrated into south-east England but extend thinly north to north Wales, Staffordshire and Norfolk.

    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