Common Bee Wasp - Nomada ruficornis
Compared to the females the males are considerably smaller and much hairier. It is a good wasp mimic, and usually has blotches of red on the abdomen.
Can be similar to N. panzeri but distinguished by its bifid mandible.
Meadows and hedgerows.
April to June.
Though looking like a wasp, this is in fact a bee which parasitizes mining bees by laying its eggs in their burrows. The Bee Wasp larvae eat the larvae of the host bee. This species of Bee Wasp often targets Andrena haemorrhoa.
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain, with most records coming from England.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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