Osmia versicolor 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Megachilidae

Scientific Name: Osmia versicolor Latreille, 1811

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-10-13
Assessor(s): Lhomme, P.
Reviewer(s): Michez, D., Kemp, J.R. & Nieto, A.
European regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)

EU 27 regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)

Osmia versicolor is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large overall population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Osmia versicolor is a Mediterranean-centred species found in southern Europe but also in northern Africa and southwestern Asia (Scheuchl 1996, Banaszak and Romasenko 2001, Amiet et al. 2004).
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Germany; Greece (Greece (mainland), Kriti); Hungary; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Russian Federation (European Russia, South European Russia); Slovenia; Spain (Baleares, Spain (mainland)); Switzerland
Additional data:
Range Map:19199480-1

Population [top]

Population:The population size and trends of this species are not known although due to the species' wide distribution and solitary behaviour, it is presumed to have a large population.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Osmia versicolor possibly occurs in temperate grasslands, forests (or forest edges) and in Mediterranean-type shrublands, although the habitat has not been described. It nests in empty snail shells of small to medium size with usually several cells per shell. The cell partitions and nest plug are made of chewed leaves without addition of pebbles. The space between the partition of the outermost cell and the nest plug is densely filled with small pebbles, earth crumbs or pieces of dry blades. The closed shells are neither moved nor covered with patches of leaf pulp (Benoist 1931, Westrich 1989, Banaszak and Romasenko 2001, Moreno-Rueda et al. 2008). This species is polylectic, in that it prefers to forage upon a wide range of flowering plants species, with a strong preference for Fabaceae (Amiet et al. 2004, Westrich 1989, unpublished data, A. Müller pers. comm. 2014). 


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no current exploitation that could represent a threat to the species as a whole.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is included in the National Red List of Germany (Critically Endangered; Westrich et al. 2011) and in Switzerland as (Critically Endangered; Amiet 1994). It is unknown whether it occurs within any protected areas. Further research should be conducted to determine the population size and trends, habitat and ecology, and threats to the species.

Citation: Lhomme, P. 2014. Osmia versicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T19199480A21157145. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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