Epeolus cruciger (Panzer, 1799)
A small bee, Epeolus cruciger is common on areas of heathland in and around the Sherwood Forest area. It is a cleptoparasite of Colletes succinctus and C. marginatus. There are recent records from Budby South Forest, Sherwood Heath and Oak Tree Heath. The UK has one other species of Epeolus, but identification of the two species is fraught with difficulty from photographs and a specimen really needs to be taken. Our thanks go to Martin Warne, who kindly supplied us with the bottom two photographs.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Epeolus cruciger
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). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Brian Wetton.

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 November 2022

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