Marsham's Nomad Bee - Nomada marshamella

Description

Length 9 mm a small cuckoo bee and another wasp mimic with just yellow and black stripes and no red markings. The female has two yellow tubercles on the thorax.

Similar Species

Similar to N. goodeniana and N. rufipes. Distinguished by the second yellow band on the thorax being broken by a thin black band.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Anywhere around the areas where its host Andrena species are nesting.

When to see it

March through to September.

Life History

Nomada marshamella has two broods and preys on quite a wide variety of Andrena bees including Andrena scotica.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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MAP KEY:

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

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