The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
The extraordinary long antennae of the male of this species readily distinguishes these bees from any other British bee genus. Very local but sometimes numerous in southern England and Wales where it is found in coastal grassland, cliffs and landslips, open rides in deciduous woodland and, occasionally, on heathland. In Cornwall there are at least seven post-1980 sites most of which are in coastal cliffs consisting of periglacial ' head' . This is a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species (2007).
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.