Species Account for Nomada flavopicta
Nomada flavopicta (Kirby, 1802)
a solitary bee
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important
Additional Phenology Data
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on Melitta spp.
This bee is a cleptoparasite of mining bees in the genus Melitta. It is very local and probably declined in most areas, except in Kent where most records are recent. The bee and its hosts favour a wide variety of flower rich situations on light soils, including heathland, chalk downland, sandpits, coastal landslips, soft rock cliffs, fixed dune and waste ground (Falk, 1991). In Essex there are only records from locations in the East Thames Corridor. References