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 didn’t give a convincing result. So back to the bee family key and it turns out to be a Nomada bee. The striking antennae turn out to be part of the key to identifying this species: a female 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. 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.
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.
On the photo’s below the yellow antennae tips and spots on tergite 2 are well visible.
This species is relatively rare in the west of the Netherlands so it is nice to find it in the garden, although I assume it was just a visitor and not a resident.
References1 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.)"