Dull-vented Sharp-tail Bee Coelioxys elongata (Lepeletier, 1841)
One of several Coelioxys species found in the UK, Coelioxys elongata has the most widespread distribution. Coelioxys species are commonly known as Sharp-tailed Bees and are clepto-parasites of some Megachile and Anthophora Bees. The 'Sharp-tail' in the name is derived from the pointed abdomen of the female (upper two photographs) which uses it to cut a slit in the the host Bee’s cell before inserting her own egg. We have had a number of records of Coelioxys elongata from our Market Warsop garden in recent years.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Coelioxys elongata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Brian Wetton. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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