Nomada hirtipes Pérez, 1884

Synonyms

Nomada bucephalae Perkins, 1917

Distribution

Southern England and Wales. Very local, but occasionally abundant in the vicinity of the nests of its mining bee host. The mainland European distribution of this bee probably mirrors that of its host species.

Status (in Britain only)

Listed as Rare (RDB3) in Shirt (1987) and by Falk (1991).

Habitat

Open sites that support nesting aggregations of Andrena bucephala Stephens.

Flight period

Univoltine; late April to mid June.

Pollen collected

This species does not collect pollen.

Nesting biology

A cleptoparasite of A. bucephala and frequently observed (often in numbers) about the communal nest burrows of this host species.

Flowers visited

Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis) and dandelion (Taraxacum sp.).

Parasites

None recorded.

Author of profile

G R Else.

Year profile last updated

Profile written:

Updated: 22 December 2011