Taxonomy

Nomada argentata

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Species Biology

Identification

  • Small-medium sized solitary species (7-9mm)
  • Red and black bands on abdomen
  • Grey hairs at the base of the thorax
  • Mainly visits Scabious flowers
  • Could be confused with Sphecodes species

Preferred environment


Habitat

Rare. Some association with calcareous grasslands like its host Andrena marginata

Flight period

August

Nesting biology

Cleptoparasite. Breeds in nest of Andrena marginata

Flowers visited

Scabiosa, Succisa

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, excluding the extreme north

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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References

Publications

Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.

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