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Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female

Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - Female
In dead-end box-canyon east off Badwater Road, a few miles north of Mormon Point, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California, USA
February 14, 2016
Thank goodness I got this shot...it shows the diagnostic markings for identifying the female here (white spot on mandibles; and absence of white spot on the frons).

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Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female Female Pollen Wasp on Phacelia calthifolia - Pseudomasaris basirufus - female

Congratulations, Aaron -
Great addition!
Alas, I haven't had time to follow up on the DV flower reports. Still, having a great time with my grandkids. Grandson shared Stenophora mckittricki in his preschool today. We just found them again last week.

 
Thanks, Hartmut
Glad to know that there will be another generation of naturalists following in their grandfather's tradition :-)

Guess you're referring to the neat beetle below:



I like Dennis's comments in his post (i.e. first discovered as a fossil...and "like a wind-up toy" :-)