Nomada rufipes (Fabricius, 1793)
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 rufipes is a cleptoparasite on some solitary bees. In N. rufipes case, it's mostly the heather flower specialist Andrena fuscipes. This one was photographed at Budby Common on 30/08/07, where it was found gripping a Festuca grass leaf with it's jaws. 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 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).

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 October 2017

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