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Common Name: Marsham's Nomad Bee
Scientific Name: Nomada marshamella
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 marshamella has two broods and is active from March through to September, preying on quite a wide variety of Andrena bees including A.trimmerana and A.scotica. The female (pictured above) has two yellow tubercles on the thorax which distinguishes it from other similar Nomada species. Can be found anywhere that its host Andrena species are nesting.
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