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Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male

Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - Male
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
April 4, 2015
Size: 10mm
This bee is in a Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia Engelmannii. His neck appears to be green and I don't think that it is a camera error. I have seen some yellow colored necks, in some other peoples images of Lithurgopsis sp. and I don't know if it is a character of any one species. After sipping some nectar, we can see his very long tongue! (approx. 4mm)
Please confirm, move or frass these images. Thanks for your help!

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Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male Mason Bee With Green Neck & Long Tongue - Lithurgopsis - male

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Note the three-toothed mandible
Of Lithurgini

 
Great Info
John, I looked for any better images of this bee's mandibles to add in, but the best view is still the one previous to this one, just to the left, in this sequence. In that image, you can see both sides a little better. FYI - There is a pollen grain in this image, that is lodged in the groove, between the lower two teeth of the left mandible. Perhaps you have already noticed this in the full screen version, but it's very hard to see, until the bee moves into a position where it is clearly outlined against the dark parts of the bee. Yes, those views show nothing else of value, that I can tell. Thanks for counting on him!

P.S. Is there anything in any of your books, about any Lithurgini [or any other bees] with green necks?

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