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.
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.
They can be seen from March through to June.
A variety of flowers and blossoming shrubs, including dandelions, cow parsley, bluebell, wood spurge, greater stitchwort and garlic mustard.
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