Nomada leucophthalma (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. Nomada leucophthalma is a cleptoparasite on some solitary bees belonging to the Andrena group. This one was among several frequenting a small sand bank at Warsop Main Pit Top which contained a nesting aggregation of one of the Andrena species. 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 to individual species level can be very difficult.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nomada leucophthalma
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2018

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