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Sea-aster Colletes Bee

Sea-aster Colletes Bee Colletes halophilus

A rare species of bee from the family Colletidae which is found around the margins of saltmarsh and other coastal habitats in south-eastern England and north-western Europe. It is threatened by rising sea levels and human development which reduce its food plant sea aster (Aster tripolium) and destroy its nesting areas. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, Buglife – management guidance (pdf)