Pleasantville, Westchester County, New York, USA May 10, 2016 Size: 1/3" est
Could this be Nomada bella? It has (1) an all black thorax ; (2) and black scapes; and (3) T-1 through T-5 have broad (interrupted) yellow bands; T-6 is partly yellow. The bee seems very similar to the nomad bee shown on this guide page: http://bugguide.net/node/view/617622
The bee was cruising above leaflitter in the middle of a woodland and feeding on claytonia. The Discover Life database lists only two nomada species as feeding on claytonia (N.imbricata & N. affabilis), but some other unlisted Nomada species do seem to nectar on this flower here (e.g., N. luteoloides). There are many willows around here, the apparently preferred food of N. bella.
Contributed by Jatai on 10 May, 2016 - 8:25pm Last updated 24 April, 2017 - 10:23pm
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