Harebell Carpenter Bee - Chelostoma campanularum


A tiny, narrow bodied, black bee. It has white pollen collecting hairs on underside of abdomen.

Identification difficulty
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Associated with the flowers of various bellflowers (Campanula species). It is commonly found in town and village gardens if suitable flowers are growing there.

When to see it

Flies from June to early August.

Life History

Nests in old beetle holes or the exposed ends of thatch.

UK Status

Common and widespread in much of England, but more or less absent from Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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