Scientific Name: Nomada alboguttata Herrich-Schäffer, 1839

Common Name: Nomada alboguttata


Nomada ochrostoma Zetterstedt, 1838: [preoccupied]

Nomada alboguttata Herrich-Schäffer, 1839

Nomada quinquespinosa Thomson, 1870

Nomada alboguttata var. liburnica Friese, 1921

Nomada alboguttata var. suerinensis Friese, 1921

Nomada alboguttata etizenensis Tsuneki, 1975


Species Note

This has previously been considered a Palaearctic spcies. Nomada alboguttata currently has an unresolved taxonomy (Stenlokk 2011) and is probably best regarded as a cryptic species complex with at least four “forms” in the western Palaearctic (Sann et al. 2010), catalogued in Alexander and Schwarz (1994) as N. alboguttata subspecies alboguttata. In addition to morphological variation of colour patterning and body size within the species complex, differences in phenology and hosts choice also exist despite little variation in DNA (Sann et al. 2010). Hosts are known for only three of the forms, and not surprising one of the known hosts of is A. barbilabris Kirby (Witt 1992), thus enabling the presence of the cleoptparasite in North America. At the eastern edge of its range in the Palearctic, Suda (1980) and Maeta et al. (1996) suggest that another Leucandrena Hedicke, A. richardsi Hirashima may also serve as a host based on observations at nesting sites in Japan; this subspecies, N. alboguttata etizenensis was described by Tsuneki (1975).

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAC8572.


Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available