Nomada bethunei

Cuckoo Bee
Nomada bethunei

Identification: Scutellum is entirely red on both male and female of Nomada bethunei.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Ox-eye Daisy. Jun 03, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Ox-eye Daisy. Jun 03, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.

Female:
Head: Red with black area on top of head and around antenna bases. Lower face orange-yellowish, with thin covering of whitish hair; color may extend vaguely, up inner eye margin. Cheeks hairy, narrower than eye width, with dark hind border. Mandibles without teeth.
Antenna: Base (scape) reddish. Segments reddish, very thick, slightly lighter on underside. Segment 1 slightly shorter than all others.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Ox-eye Daisy Jun 03, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Ox-eye Daisy Jun 03, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.

Thorax: Red.  Collar stripe yellow; short and narrowing or interrupted at centre. Segment 1 (scutum) with a faint, narrow median black line. Segment 2 (scutellum) has indented mid-line with red knob on each side. Segment 3 (propodeum) has 2 yellow spots at base and 2 longer, larger spots on lower half. White fringe on side edges. Thorax sides have yellow tubercles (pronotal lobes) and may have other very small, vague yellow spots or streaks below tubercle; all with thin covering of short white hair. A wide black area extends from under wing base to hind leg. Underside with some white hairs.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Golden Alexanders May 29, 2009 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei female on Golden Alexanders May 29, 2009 Wheatley, Ontario.

Wings: Wing knobs (tegulae) brownish-yellow. Wings moderately tinted, tips darker. Veins dark. Stigma reddish-brown.
Legs: Legs reddish-yellow. Mid and hind thighs (femora) have some black streaks, hind thigh also black on underside.
Abdomen: Red with bright yellow stripes and spots.
Segment 1 darker red to blackish. May have faint light reddish to light yellow marks, but no bright yellow stripe.
Segment 2 has a wide oval stripe, narrowing toward centre, slightly interrupted or not. Segment 3 stripe wider at side edges, narrowing and interrupted or not at centre.
Segment 4 stripe is narrower, slightly interrupted at centre or not; notched on lower margin.
Segment 5 has square patch in centre, usually with a yellow spot or crescent at each side edge and lower margin of segments is fringed with silvery hairs.
Abdomen tip squared (not lobed) with silver hairs and longer, brownish hair tuft at each side, curving toward middle of segment.
Underside of segments red; 3 to 5 with yellow spots or streaks.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Ox-eye Daisy. Jun 03, 2008 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Ox-eye Daisy. Jun 03, 2008 Wheatley, Ontario.

Male:
Head: Reddish-brown with very short and thin, whitish hair; Lower face (clypeus) yellow with lighter yellow up inner eye margin to antenna bases, hair more dense. Yellow spot under and between antenna bases. Cheeks narrower than eye width, red with very narrow, black border. Mandibles large, not toothed.
Antenna: Base (scape) very swollen, reddish-brown on top side, yellow on underside. Segments on top side dark brownish-yellow on base half, rest light red, tip even lighter; underside light red. Segment 1 much shorter than 2.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Witherod (Viburnum) Jun 06, 2009 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Witherod (Viburnum) Jun 06, 2009 Wheatley, Ontario.

Thorax: Reddish-brown with scant yellowish hair. Collar stripe very narrow, yellow, widely interrupted at centre. Segment 1 (scutum) has narrow black median line. Segment 2 deeply indented along mid-line, the two knobs reddish. Segment 3 (propodeum) black with 4 faint, small light yellow marks, 2 on each side edge and may be joined; white hairs on side edges. Thorax sides have some black areas, all covered with dense whitish hair. Tubercles (pronotal lobes) yellow, another small yellow spot above mid legs. Underside has dense white hairs.
Wings: Wing knobs (tegulae) brownish-yellow. Wings base light, rest darkly tinted, tips darker. Veins and stigma brownish-yellow.

Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Ox-eye Daisy Jun 03, 2008 Wheatley, Ontario.
Cuckoo Bee Nomada bethunei male on Ox-eye Daisy Jun 03, 2008 Wheatley, Ontario.

Legs: Legs largely reddish-yellow with yellowish streaks on underside; front leg somewhat lighter.
Abdomen: Reddish-brown. Yellow stripes along base margin (on 2 to 4) of segments, not interrupted at centre.
Segment 1 darker red to blackish. May have faint light reddish stripe, changing to yellow at sides, but not a bright yellow stripe.
Segment 2 wide oval stripe, narrowing toward centre.
Segment 3 stripe wider at side edges, narrowing.
Segment 4 stripe is narrower.
Segments 5 and 6 stripes entire, may not reach side edges; positioned at mid segment, not base.
Abdomen tip very wide, distinctly notched with long pale hair.
Underside reddish-brown, 3 to 6 with yellow marks.

Size: Female 9 mm. Male 9 to 10 mm

Habitat: Forest edges and meadows.

Food: Adults feed on nectar and pollen.

Flight Time: Late May to early June.

Life Cycle: Larvae are parasites of Mining Bees Andrena species.

Comments: Essex County: Ojibway Prairies species list, 2008; females on May 11 to 15, 2007 barcoded. Bruce Peninsula species list, 2006. St. Catharines, Niagara per Sheffield in 2011.

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