Nomada fragariae, F, Back, MD, PG County_2015-09-01-15.52.19 ZS PMax UDR
Nomada fragariae - A rare cleptoparasite, almost certainly of Andrena...but which species. There are very few records of this species, and only in the last few years has the female been described. In most collections the Nomada sit at the end in a mosh pit waiting for someone to identify them...a tricky group. This one was caught right across the street from my lab cruising around a patch of bluets...it was not clear what the host bee was as all the Andrena captured were small and this is a big bee....so would have a big host. hmmmmm.
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