Gooden's Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana (Kirby,1802)
Sometimes known more commonly as Cuckoo Bees, these are social parasites - a term derived through their habit of taking food meant for the larvae of their host species. There are several groups, including the genus Nomada of which Gooden's Nomad Bee belongs to. Most members are considerably wasp-like, having black/yellow or brown/yellow banding on a hairless abdomen. They are harmless to humans and do not sting. Identification of individual species can be very difficult. Our thanks go to Pauline Bradford for supplying us with the photograph shown below right.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nomada goodeniana
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Richard Rogers. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Pauline Bradford. Duncan Lyon. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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