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Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter - Megachile xylocopoides - female

Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter - Megachile xylocopoides - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
June 11, 2005

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Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter, a large black bee - Megachile xylocopoides - female Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter - Megachile xylocopoides - female

I stand corrected!
Thank you for this second view. The scopa (pollen-collecting hairs) is clearly on the ventral side of the abdomen, which means this can only be a megachilid. Good work, Richard Vernier, I apologize for doubting you:-) I have never seen a jet-black Megachile until now.

 
And I've got the species
It's Megachile xylocopoides, see guide page for references. Good work, Lynette, Richard, and Eric. What a useful collaboration--BugGuide at its best!

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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