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Wasp sp?

Observed: 11th April 2012 By: peteralfreypeteralfrey’s reputation in Invertebratespeteralfrey’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    a cuckoo bee (Nomada sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
    • rimo
      Bumblebee Conservation TrustUK Ladybird Survey
      Invertebrates expert
    • 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
    • chrisbrooks
      Sea Fish AtlasSeaKeys
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

jeremyr's picture

any reason it's not Nomada

any reason it's not Nomada goodeniana? -
entire yellow bands on the abdomen, yellow scutellar tubercles and yellow tegulae see: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/255677

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Syrphus's picture

I am not very familiar with

I am not very familiar with N. good., but my experience with Nomada generally is that they are best checked in the hand. Not an easy genus, with lots of similar species.

M.

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Syrphus's picture

To clarify what I wrote above

To clarify what I wrote above ('A bee that steals the pollen store of Andrena mining bees'), the Nomada takes over a pollen-stocked nest and lays its egg there. Don't imagine a Nomada flying off with a mass of pollen in a bag marked 'swag'. They do not collect their own pollen, which explains their lack of hairs, giving a wasp-like appearance.

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peteralfrey's picture

I assumed it was a wasp.

I assumed it was a wasp. Amazing antennae.