National records of 3000 European bee and hoverfly species: A contribution to pollinator conservation

Reverte Sara, Marija Milicic, Jelena Acanski, Andrijana Andric, Andrea Aracil, Matthieu Aubert, Jens-Kjeld Jensen

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1. Pollinators play a crucial role in ecosystems globally, ensuring the seed production
of most flowering plants. They are threatened by global changes and knowledge of
their distribution at the national and continental levels is needed to implement efficient conservation actions, but this knowledge is still fragmented and/or difficult to
2. As a step forward, we provide an updated list of around 3000 European bee and
hoverfly species, reflecting their current distributional status at the national level
(in the form of present, absent, regionally extinct, possibly extinct or non-native).
This work was attainable by incorporating both published and unpublished data, as
well as knowledge from a large set of taxonomists and ecologists in both groups.
3. After providing the first National species lists for bees and hoverflies for many
countries, we examine the current distributional patterns of these species and designate the countries with highest levels of species richness. We also show that
many species are recorded in a single European country, highlighting the importance of articulating European and national conservation strategies.
4. Finally, we discuss how the data provided here can be combined with future trait
and Red List data to implement research that will further advance pollinator
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages18
JournalInsect Conservation and Diversity
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthophila
  • Apoidea
  • centralised occurrence records
  • country records
  • Diptera
  • expert knowledge
  • Hymenoptera
  • pollination
  • species checklists
  • Syrphidae


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