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10:58AM

Another cuckoo

There are many species of cuckoo bee that use the nests of other species.  Thi is one I frequently see in the RX area, including our garden, a bee called Nomada fucata.  It is recognised by a combination of features including: 

  • A dark red band at the top of the abdomen (covered by the wings here) followed by alternate yellow and black bands;
  • A yellow mark at the rear of the thorax; and
  • Yellow/brown antennae and legs.

This one was checking out solitary bee nest sites.  It lays its eggs in the nests of the bee Andrena flavipes.

A few years ago it was thought to be a nationally notable species  but it seems to have prospered in recent years, probably due to warmer summers.  Patches of bare ground favour the nesting of its host and help both species.  

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