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Small Nomad Bee (Nomada flavoguttata) Also called the Little Nomad bee, it lives up to its name and can measure as little as 5mm.<br />
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Not only is it diminutive, is flies very low on partially vegetated ground lookming for the nests of its host species which can be one of several of the Mini-miners (Micrandrena) bees.<br />
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It has a predominantly black head and thorax with a reddish abdomen, usually with small flecks of yellow on the side, with the females having more extensive red markings on the head.<br />
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Although widespread, it&#039;s only locally common and understandably very easy to overlook.<br />
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Given its constant movement, size and habit of disappearing for long periods under vegetation, I was relieved when this photo at least enabled an ID.<br />
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Small Nomad Bee (Nomada flavoguttata)

Also called the Little Nomad bee, it lives up to its name and can measure as little as 5mm.

Not only is it diminutive, is flies very low on partially vegetated ground lookming for the nests of its host species which can be one of several of the Mini-miners (Micrandrena) bees.

It has a predominantly black head and thorax with a reddish abdomen, usually with small flecks of yellow on the side, with the females having more extensive red markings on the head.

Although widespread, it's only locally common and understandably very easy to overlook.

Given its constant movement, size and habit of disappearing for long periods under vegetation, I was relieved when this photo at least enabled an ID.

    comments (4)

  1. A solid job indeed on documenting it! Very few photos online and many of handled or dead specimens. Posted 12 days ago
    1. Oh. That's sad to hear.

      Having said that, the location and style of it's flight, might make it easy to tread on unless you are looking very closely at where you're putting your feet?
      Posted 12 days ago
      1. Sorry, I wasn't very clear. Some of the photos probably are sacrificed specimens or coming from specimen collections. Posted 12 days ago
        1. Ha! I think that might have more to do with me than you.

          D'uh me!
          Posted 12 days ago

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''Nomada flavoguttata '' is a Palearctic species of nomad bee.

Species identified by Philip Booker
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By Philip Booker

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Uploaded Jun 23, 2022. Captured May 27, 2022 15:43 in 1 Home Farm Rd, Brighton BN2 4HN, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO100
  • 189.74mm