Rare bee discovered in the Wildspace

Nomada ferruginata Ely 200416Dr Mark Welch has discovered a beautiful and rare bee in the Wildspace.

Nomada ferruginata (Linnaeus,1767) is listed as Endangered (RDB1) in the British Red Data Book.

It is a rare species, but formerly widely distributed in southern Britain. There were no records between 1949 and 1987. However, in recent years the species has undergone a resurgence, with confirmed records from Hampshire, Kent, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Middlesex, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Essex and Suffolk, and now Cambridgeshire.

This is a northern and central European species, becoming more sparsely distributed in the south.