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Nomada species

Observed: 3rd May 2010 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I think this is the cuckoo bee Nomada lathburiana which inhabits nests of mining bees.

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Species interactions

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Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

With my level of knowledge I

With my level of knowledge I am confident that this is a Nomada but I would be grateful if anyone could explain the difference between the two suggested species! Ta

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lathburiana

N. lathburiana females have some reddish brown markings on T1. The most striking feature of the females is the very obvious short orange hairs all over the thorax, which, once seen, are not forgotten.

Check out http://www.bwars.com/nomada_lathburiana.htm

N. goodeniana is a bi-coloured species with continuous yellow bands across the tergites. It also has yellow tegulae and yellow (not orange-haired) scutellar spots.

Males are more tricky, but lathburiana males have obviously green eyes

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

Mark at Magdalen's picture

As ever, thanks for your

As ever, thanks for your comments.