Fabricius' Nomad Bee - Nomada fabriciana

Description

Females can be identified by their reddish antennae with several of the intermediate segments being black. This banded appearance is visible in the field. Both sexes have a reddish abdomen, often having small yellow spots. It also has bidentate mandibles.  The combination of bifid mandibles and black labrum is unique in Nomada species.

Similar Species

Several other Nomada species have reddish abdomens

Identification difficulty
Habitat

To be expected wherever its host species Andrena bicolor are well established.

When to see it

Bivoltine, from March to June, and June to August.

Life History

Nomada fabriciana is a cleptoparasite of Andrena bicolor.

UK Status

Widely distributed in England and Wales (especially so in the south), sporadic in Scotland and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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