Nomada rufipes (Fabricius, 1793)
Nomada rufipes is a cleptoparasite on some solitary bees. In N. rufipes case, it's mostly the heather flower specialist Andrena fuscipes. They are often  found gripping grass and plant stems and like all Nomadas are quite 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 Nomada species can be very difficult.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nomada rufipes
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Tim Sexton. Brian Wetton. David Shaw.

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 January 2024

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