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Parasitic Leaf-cutting bee - Coelioxys modestus - female

Parasitic Leaf-cutting bee - Coelioxys modestus - Female
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 12, 2007

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Parasitic Leaf-cutting bee - Coelioxys modestus - female Parasitic Leaf-cutting bee - Coelioxys modestus - female

Moved
Moved from Coelioxys.

Coelioxys modesta
female

note hairy apex of S6 and hairy-margined carina of T1

Thanks Richard
It has all the markings of a leaf-cutter bee, but that pointed abdomen is obviously different.
The orange flowers are butterfly weed (asclepsias), and they do attract a lot of insects.

Parasitic Leaf-cutting Bee - Coelioxys
Sharply pointed last gastral segment is the hallmark for the female gender of these close relatives - and intimates enemies - of true leaf-cutting bees. Here a fairly small species, who should parasitize small Megachile species too. These orange flowers really seem to be a gold-mine.

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