Cute Clepto, Nomada

One of the cleptoparasitic, or cuckoo, bees I have mentioned in early posts.  This is a member of the genus Nomada, which does not collect its own pollen, but seeks out the nests of other bees in which to lay its eggs.  When the eggs of the cleptoparasite hatch out, the larva consumes the bee host larva and pollen provision. Nomada is the largest cuckoo bee genus, and though they have many hosts, this one was probably after the Melandrena I shared earlier.

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Notice there is nowhere for her to store pollen…she’s just visiting the flower for nectar.

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Nomada butt! (I’m a serious scientist)

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