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Xylocopa varipunctata? - Bombus sonorus

Xylocopa varipunctata? - Bombus sonorus
South Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
September 4, 2016

Moved from ID Request.

Thanks! Male or female? (I as
Thanks! Male or female? (I assume female based on corbicula with pollen mass, but happy to be corrected)

could be a worker

Bombus sonorus?
Reminds me of Bombus nevadensis or B. sonorus; the black band (vs. rounded spot) on the thorax is making me think sonorus.

I think I see a full pollen basket on the hindleg; are you sure this is a male?

FWIW, male Xylocopa varipuncta don't have black on the body like this bee, and have green eyes:

while this is a Bombus sonorus from Maricopa Co.:

No, I'm not sure.
I thought it might be a male Xylocopa varipunctata, but I think I was mistaken. Looks more like a female Bombus.
Sorry about that!

So maybe it's a Bombus sonorus?

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