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Photo#16482
thing - Stelis

thing - Stelis
Southeast, Texas, USA
May 5, 2005
Bee or wasp.

Moved
Moved from Protostelis.

Stelis (Heterostelis)
current name for Protostelis (see Michener, 2007).

The known species in Texas are S. australis and S. texana. Host bee is Trachusa (Heteranthidium).

Protostelis
this looks to be one of the parasitic Anthidiines - very rare beasties

Resin bee.
This is a species of resin bee, probably in the genus Anthidium, family Megachilidae. Any more images and/or more precise locale?

 
flowers
It was caught sometime around noon while pollinating in a flower bed. It was covered with pollen, so I didn't manage a worthy capture of its underside. While it was held captive, I noticed another of this kind was hovering around in the exact same area. Southeast Texas, about 50 miles off the Gulf Coast.
Thanks for the identifications!

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