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Cuckoo Bee

Nomada sp.


Possibly Nomada alboguttata or baccatta. Known as cuckoo bees, kleptoparasite bees whose larvae feed on pollen stored in nests of other solitary bees) do not have adaptations for pollen transport, and their appearance is closer to that of a wasp.


Grootbroek, Belgium.

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DanielePralong 6 years ago

I agree... you're safe at genus level! They're so interesting :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks, yes, this is where I have found the alike one N. alboguttata but then later I started doubting...these are difficult to ID! :-)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Totally out of my comfort zone I'm afraid...
But I did some quick searches and maybe this Dutch site can help?
There's a good description for alboguttata, and baccatta is described as very rare:

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Hey, thanks! any ideas on the species?

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Great spotting Marta! And it made me rediscover the mission Solitary/wild bees of Belgium... it's full of treasures :-)

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Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Apr 15, 2016
Submitted on Jul 9, 2017

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