Leucophora obtusa (Zetterstedt, [1838]) 
One of several almost identical species, which are often known as 'satellite flies' and can be found near the nests of Andrena bees. Females will actively follow the host bee to its nest burrow, where the larvae are parasitic on the hosts brood. In the instance of the Leucophora obtusa below, the host species was Andrena flavipes found nesting on a south-facing bank on a brownfield site in New Ollerton in April 2019. We know of only one other recent county record, which was from Toton in 2019 (Lygo, B.).
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Leucophora obtusa 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Barry Lygo.

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Updated January 2020

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