Nomada vaga Panzer, 1798; Nomada solidaginis Panzer, 1799; Apis picta Kirby, 1802; Apis rufopicta Kirby, 1802; Nomada fennica Alfken, 1924.
This is a medium-sized cleptoparasitic bee which is yellow and black, although some females may be red, yellow and black. The bees can be very obvious on some heathland sites, being more readily found than their hosts (bees of the Andrena denticulata group).
Distributed throughout England, Wales and the Isle of Man, although more common in the south. Also recorded from the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. It is local in Europe, where it is considered to be a northern species which becomes scare towards the south of Europe. As with two of its most frequent host species, A. denticulata and A. fuscipes, there is concern over the status of this bee in Germany, it being accorded Red List V (Vulnerable), status.