Andrena coitana

Range & Status

A small, rather unobtrusive bee found throughout Britain. Found in a variety of habitats but mainly moorland in Cornwall, especially the Bodmin Moor area. There are numerous pre-1979 records but very few since, due to a fairly dramatic decline in recent years. There are only three modern records: Craddock Moor (1984) and Dozmary Pool (2004) both on Bodmin Moor and at Hensbarrow Downs near St. Austell (2004). This species is host for the cleptoparasitic bee Nomada obtusifrons that has also declined, probably even more so than A. coitana .