Sharp-collared Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum malachurum

Description

This is one of the larger Lasioglossum species in Britain, and the distinctive right-angled front corners of the pronotum are easily seen under the microscope.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

Coastal cliffs and landslips, abandoned quarries, commons, chalk grassland and private gardens.

When to see it

Females from early April (sometimes earlier) to October; males from early July to the beginning of October.

Life History

Commonly nests in aggregations, occasionally of considerable extent, especially in exposed soil at the base of coastal cliffs and similar unstable locations where vegetation is sparse. Nest burrows are often observed in the hard trodden soil of footpaths.

UK Status

Mainly found in southern England and the Channel Islands. Formerly a scarce and very local species but, since about 1990, it has been extending its range in England and is common to locally abundant in many sites in the southern counties.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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