Nomada flava Panzer,1798

Description and notes

A bright brown and yellow cuckoo bee and one of the larger of our Nomada species. In common with its hosts (Andrena of the varians group as well as A. scotica Perkins and A. nitida (Müller)) this is a very widespread and frequently found species, often seen flying over short vegetation and bare ground in sunny places during the spring. Towards the north it appears to be replaced by N. panzeri Lepeletier. Separating males, in particular, of these two species is very difficult, but good characters concerning the standing hairs on the clypeus can be used for the females.


Over most of England and Wales, there are few Irish records and none from Scotland.

It is widely distributed in Europe.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as scarce or threatened.


Occurs in a wide range of habitats.

Flight period

Univoltine; April to June.

Pollen collected

A cleptoparasitic species, it does not collect its own pollen.

Nesting biology

A cuckoo species, it does not make its own nest, but lays its eggs in the nests of mining bees of the genus Andrena.

Flowers visited

Visits a wide variety of flowers.


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Author of profile

M. Edwards

Map compiled by: M Edwards and S P M Roberts.

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