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Photo#22269
Xeromelecta californica - male

Xeromelecta californica - Male
Angeles Crest, ~7000 ft., San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, USA
September 17, 2003
Looking at wing veination I see three submarginal cells; not sure about the jugal lobe from my image. The second recurrent vein doesn't seem to be s-shaped, so probably not a Colletid.



By the way, the plant it is visiting is a Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus).

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Xeromelecta californica - male Xeromelecta californica

Moved

Xeromelecta is in subfamily Apinae
not Nomadinae

this is a male. Note the enlarged antennae

Cuckoo bee.
This is one of the many species (and genera) of cuckoo bees. I believe this one is in the tribe Epeolini, certainly in the Apidae family. Nice image, and a true expert could no doubt do better on the ID.

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