Halictus rubicundus

Description

This small bee is a member of the family Halictidae known as sweat bees. It is small (about 1 cm) dark brown, with fine yellowy white bands across the apices of the abdominal segments, and a yellow fuzz of hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The legs are often somewhat orangey.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Flower rich meadows and verges.

When to see it

Spring to late summer.

Life History

H. rubicundus nests are constructed in the ground. Nests are dug in spring by a single female who typically rears a brood of 5-7 offspring.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

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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