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Cornish Red Data (2009)

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.

Dasypoda hirtipes - Hairy Legged Mining Bee

Range & Status

A widespread species in southern England and Wales north to Merionethshire and Norfolk. There are at least 12 post-1980 sites in Cornwall almost all of which are coastal dunes where it nests, often in large colonies, in hard, packed sand. Previously known as D. altercator the female of this species is most distinctive, with extremely long, golden pollen collecting hairs on the hind tibiae.


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.