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Hymenoptera / Megachilidae - Anthidium manicatum - female

Hymenoptera / Megachilidae - Anthidium manicatum - Female
DuPage County, Illinois, USA
June 1, 2004
A Megachilid bee, according to following comments. This bee is nectaring on crown vetch flowers.

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2009
5 years later as of this writing, these bees are nowhere to be found around here anymore. They were abundant when I originally took these pictures.

I can't remember the last time I saw one.

Has anyone else noticed an overall decline in hymenoptera over the years?

Anthidium manicatum
This is Anthidium manicatum a recently (80's) exotic bee from Eurasia. This is likely the first state record.

Wasp or bee?
Compare it to this megachilid bee

 
Let it Bee
I'll be darned.. no wonder I could not find anything, I was looking in the wrong place. Thanks Beatriz (and Eric).

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