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Photo#122886
Dark wasp on buckwheat - Pepsis mexicana - female

Dark wasp on buckwheat - Pepsis mexicana - Female
Irvine Park, Orange, Orange County, California, USA
June 28, 2007
A pleasure to photograph. Easy to approach and dedicated to buckwheat in a small area for ten minutes or so.

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Very nice images, Ron!
I have yet to see this species. But this one's clearly a female, with its curling and uncurling antennae, and 10 flagellomeres.

 
Seems to be quite rare in Orange County
We looked all over for it this year. No one I know has seen it.

 
Thanks, Hartmut
It's a first for me, and a fortunate first in that it stayed around a bit. Good to know gender.