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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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21 June, 2015

Goodens Nomad Bee: cuckoo, cuckoo | Nature Notes from Dorset

This may look like a wasp; indeed I thought it was a wasp until I used the Open University I-spot website to get an identification. This is actually a bee, a nomad bee. In fact, it is Gooden's nomad bee (Nomada goodeniana). 
The adult nomad bee feeds on nectar. They are fond of dandelions in the spring but they do not have pollen or nectar collecting equipment. The female waits until an andrena bee female has excavated a nest tunnel in the ground and has provisioned a nest cell with pollen for her larva which takes many pollen gathering trips. Whilst she is away the Nomad female will take advantage of the host's absence to visit the cell and lay her own egg in it. 

Read more: Goodens Nomad Bee: cuckoo, cuckoo | Nature Notes from Dorset