Eumerus sabulonum

Range & Status

Occurs in coastal localities from Hampshire to north Cornwall and Wales, with a few remote sites in Suffolk and south-west Scotland. As a result of recent finds its status has been amended from RDB3 to Notable.

Regional Distribution

In VC1 recorded only between 1926 and 1935; in VC2, recorded since 1980 at Crackington Haven (1990) and The Gribben (1989).

Habitat & Ecology

A maritime species, occurring mainly on cliffs with landslips and deposits of sandy head; also on dunes. The adults fly between June and August; the larvae possibly feed on bulbs such as those of Spring Squill Scilla verna .

Threats

Recreational activities and perhaps sea defence work.

Conservation

The east Cornwall sites are on National Trust land managed for invertebrate conservation.