Small Nomad Bee - Nomada flavoguttata

Alternative names
Little Nomad Bee
Description

This is one of the smallest species of Nomada. A small reddish nomad usually with small yellow spots on the sides of tergite 2 and 3. Females have extensive red markings on the head (usually surrounding the eyes), and the sides of the thorax, plus a pair of large red scutellar spots and red longitudinal stripes above the wing bases and usually a pair down the middle of the scutum. The labrum is usually dark and the hind face of the propodeum has patches of silvery hairs on each side. Males resemble females but have a darker head and thorax and the antennal scape is usually entirely black.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Generally distributed, occurring wherever its several host species are present.

When to see it

Depending on the flight periods of its host species, it can be either univoltine or bivoltine. It can be found from the end of March.

Life History

The species is a cleptoparasite of certain Andrena species in the subgenus Micrandrena. Those recorded are Andrena alfkenella Perkins, Andrena falsifica Perkins, Andrena minutula (Kirby), Andrena semilaevis Pérez and Andrena subopaca Nylander.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widely distributed throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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