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Habropoda depressa - female

Habropoda depressa - Female
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 1, 2008
Size: ~14 mm
On Salvia mellifera .
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Habropoda depressa - female Habropoda depressa - female

Habropoda depressa
female

 
Thanks, John!
I now see that my male specimen looks just like the one that was identified as H. depressa acouple of years ago by Doug Yanega. I still wonder what miserabilis looks like.

 
to find miserabilis visit coastal sand dunes
such as those at Pt. Reyes and Bodega Bay. H. miserabilis is a habitat specialist and will never be found inland at Claremont.

 
Thank you, John,
for location information. I think I found a reference to H. miserabilis some time ago, might have been Humboldt Dunes? Can't find it right now.

 
Question.
Was Habropoda ever part of the genus Anthophora? I collected something very similar to this in Oregon many years ago and put in my Anthophora tray....

 
I'm sure that
John Ascher could say much more about this, but since I just used the Key to the Genera of the Anthophorini (Michener,2nd ed., 2007, pp.742-743; (1)), I'd like to share that Michener, in his description of the genus Habropoda Smith (ibid.,p.751), Michener cautions that because of the close similarity to many Anthophora , "the generic characters of wing venation mentioned in couplet 1 of the key to genera of Anthophorini must be examined in order to place specimens to genus correctly."
One clear difference: in Habropoda the first recurrent vein terminates at or near the apex of the second submarginal cell, whereas in Anthophora the first recurrent vein meets the second submarginal cell near the middle.
This was a good opportunity to go over what I hope I'm learning. Probably old hat to you, Eric.

 
Not at all.
"old hat?" Not at all. Thank you very much for the enlightening explanation!

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