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Unknown hornet or wasp. - Nomada - female

Unknown hornet or wasp. - Nomada - Female
Hurricane, Putnam County, West Virginia, USA
April 17, 2010
At first I thought it was an ordinary yellow jacket flying my way, but as I watched it land, I realized it was not. Any ideas?

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Moved from ID Request.

Neither:-)
This is a nice image of a cuckoo bee in the genus Nomada.

 
yes, a female in the luteola subgroup of the ruficornis
group

resembling N. imbricata

 
Thanks!!
Appreciate it. I am now interested in which characteristics directed you to the cuckoo bee? I'll read in my books, but would love you to elaborate as well!

 
I now think it is more likely N. sulphurata or N. luteola
rather than N. imbricata

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