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Small bee with big scopa - Calliopsis barbata - female

Small bee with big scopa - Calliopsis barbata - Female
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 25, 2007
Size: 6 mm
A small Anthophorid (?) in Phacelia distans. Saw just a few of these, very busy, constantly moving. Will try to get better pictures tomorrow.
Scopa seem to indicate that it has been collecting pollen (+?) these Phacelia flowers.
Update: Calliopsis (Nomadopsis) acc. to John Ascher (see comments below).
Please see also separately posted images of this sp. here: 1 .

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Small bee with big scopa - Calliopsis barbata - female Small bee with big scopa - Calliopsis barbata - female


Moved from Calliopsis.

Calliopsis (Nomadopsis) female
with pollen enveloping scopa

I'm in Belize now but will attempt a species ID (based in large part on host plant) when I return to NYC

Thanks so much, John,
and have a good time (and much success) in Belize!
Have temporarily parked this under Calliopsis .
I've posted two images separately that show the abdominal pattern better.

I suspect this is a large species of Perdita, though will be interested in what John Ascher determines. What you are seeing is not the scopa, but a huge blob of pollen and nectar adhering to her hind leg. I have seen many Perdita with just this sort of appearance.

Thanks, Eric,
I understand that the blue blobs are a mixture of pollen and nectar, just didn't express myself clearly. I read that they're minute (2 mm) to small...

Most of them are small....
....but not all. The thing that is most inconsistent is how hairy this one is. Might be something else in the Pangurinae then. I'm probably way off, but I'll be curious to see:-)

Inspite of small size
(well, big if Panurginae), the polychrome abdomen was obvious even without looking through the lens. It'll certainly be interesting to learn exactly what this is, so I'll try to find it again in the next few days.

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