Megachile versicolor


Females from the British mainland have the scopal hairs on sterna 5-6 black. Those from the Isle of Man and from Ireland have them extensively golden red, although the black form has been seen in Ireland too.

Identification difficulty

Found in a variety of habitats from heathland to brownfield sites and formal gardens to ruderal verge habitats.

When to see it

This species in on the wing from June through to September with a large proportion of records in July.

Life History

Tree trunks, dead plant stems (including bramble), and roofing timbers are all noted as providing suitable locations for nests.

UK Status

Recorded from southern England northwards to the coast of south-west Scotland. The majority of records are from south-east England along the south coast and up to Bristol.

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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