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Common Name: Flavous Nomad Bee
Scientific Name: Nomada flava
With over 850 species, the genus Nomada is one of the largest genera in the entire family Apidae, and the largest genus of cleptoparasitic cuckoo bees. They occur worldwide, and utilize many different types of bees as hosts, primarily the genus Andrena. As parasites, they lack a pollen-carrying scopa, and are often extraordinarily wasp-like in appearance with red, black, yellow colors prevailing, and with smoky (infuscated) wings or wing tips.
Nomada flava has a body length of 10 - 12mm. Very similar in appearance to N. panzeri and N. ruficornis. Can be separated with a hand lens from N. ruficornis as it does not have a forked jaw. Females differ from N. panzeri in having yellow not silver hair on the thorax. Can be found along woodland edges and hedgerows plus brown field sites. Common and widespread over much of south-east England. Uncommon in Wales and further north. Not recorded from Scotland.
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