Sphecodes monilicornis (Kirby, 1802)
One of several similar species, this small solitary bee is a parasitic species, attacking the nest of other mining bees. Often known as Cuckoo Bees, S. monilicornis attacks the nests of Lasioglossum malachurum. An accurate ID is difficult but from evidnece found so far, S. monilicornis is the most likely. This individual was one of many found in short vegetation along the edge of Hare Hill Wood near Kersall in early April 2007.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Sphecodes monilicornis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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