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roosting bees - Triepeolus rufithorax

roosting bees - Triepeolus rufithorax
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
August 19, 2011
Size: 11mm
This is evidently a popular roosting spot. Last September, every evening we had a large group of Five-banded Tiphiid wasps coming to roost on this plant in front of our house. Now this year there is different species roosting on the same plant! The new guys are quite a bit smaller, less elongated, and a bit more colorful than the former visitors.

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roosting bees - Triepeolus rufithorax roosting bees - Triepeolus rufithorax

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Triepeolus rufithorax
cleptoparasitic bees

I think they are all males

Thanks John. I'm glad to have experts so quickly available! I should have recognized the face and eyes of a bee and not a wasp. The relative lack of hair must have thrown me. Any other ID tips?

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