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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.

Andrena pilipes sens. str. - Black Mining Bee

Range & Status

Mainly on coasts in southern Britain. A large, dark-winged black bee which nests, often colonially, in steep banks and walls. A large number of coastal sites, both north and south coasts, are now known, together with a few inland sites. Some of the colonies are very large, such as some of the sites on the Lizard Peninsula, with 10,000s of individuals. Cornwall remains one of the strongholds of this species in Britain today.


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.