Nomada sheppardana ♀︎

Last update: 5 February 2021
OBSERVATION:
2016-VII-02

This small bee lay struggling in a layer of water that sood in a plant pot. Triggered by the red color of the abdomen I took it in for a photo shoot.

Looking at the photo’s I suspected a Bloodbee but using the key[2] didn’t give a convincing result. So back to the bee family key[1] and it turns out to be a Nomada bee. The striking antennae turn out to be part of the key to identifying this species[2]: a female Nomada sheppardana.

Nomada sheppardana ♀︎

The female of this species is recognizable by the brown-red abdomen. The tergites can be darker colored at the top and front and the side of the second tergite can contain a yellow spot[1]. This specimen has the yellow spot but not the darker color on the tergites.
Like most Nomada species this species has a numerous red colored parts on the body, legs, eyes and antennae although subtlely applied.

Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎

The bee is very small, about 4-7 mm. In this picture it is sitting on the first segment of my vinger.

The Dutch name “Yellowspot” is named after the yellow antennae tops.

Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎

On the photo’s below the yellow antennae tips and spots on tergite 2 are well visible.

Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎
Nomada sheppardana ♀︎

This species is relatively rare in the west of the Netherlands[1] so it is nice to find it in the garden, although I assume it was just a visitor and not a resident.


References

1 Peeters, T.M.J., H. Nieuwenhuijsen, J. Smit, F. van der Meer, I.P. Raemakers, W.R.B. Heitmans, C. van Achterberg, M. Kwak, A.J. Loonstra, J. de Rond, M. Roos & M. Reemer 2012. De Nederlands bijen (Hymennoptera: Apidae s.l.). - Natuur van Nederland 11, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & European Invertebrate Survey - Nederland, Leiden.

2 wildebijen.nl, "De Nederlandse bijen en hun relaties, overzicht van in Nederland en Vlaanderen voorkomende solitaire en sociale bijen (Apidea s.l.)"

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