Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava

Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava - Female.

One of the distinguishing features of the flavous nomad bee - Nomada flava, is the brick-reddish markings on the thorax.  However, the fork-jawed and broad-banded nomad bee also have reddish markings, so it's important to take a good look at the markings on the abdomen as well.

Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava - waits outside the entrance of the nest of a host species.

Nomada flava is one of the more common species of nomad bee, and one of the larger species: females measure around 7.5mm - 10mm, and males about the same size.

Antennae, as can be seen from the image above, are orange.

As with other Nomada species, they typically wait outside the nest of the target host species, enter, and lay their eggs.

Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava

Nomada flava: flight season

They can be seen from March through to June.

Flowers visited

A variety of flowers and blossoming shrubs, including dandelions, cow parsley, bluebell, wood spurge, greater stitchwort and garlic mustard.

Host species

Nomada flava is a cleptoparasite, and targets the chocolate mining bee, Andrena scotica; Andrena nitida, Andrena ferox and possibly also Andrena nigroaenea.

The flavous nomad bee Nomada flava is a cleptoparasite of the chocolate mining bee (above), among other Andrena bee species.