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Centris (Paracentris) - Centris pallida - male

Centris (Paracentris) - Centris pallida - Male
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 11, 2007
A male (I think) in a manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'). I noticed some of these bees flying around the manzanitas near the(see photos in Paloverde hybrid , this one in late afternoon. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to follow up & check whether this serves as a nightly resting place.

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Centris (Paracentris) - Centris pallida - male Centris (Paracentris) - Centris pallida - male Centris (Paracentris) - Centris pallida - male

Moved from Pallid Bee.


so pale I wonder if it could be pallida
I don't have specimens of Centris from at or near Claremont so don't know which species to expect.

I expect you are finding C. pallida (known from Palm Springs and Santa Catalina I. but I haven't seen any from in between) and/or hoffmanseggiae (I think of it as a desert species). The only other possibilities I know of are californica (generally rare) and tiburonensis (desert species). Please check LACM for local records of these species if possible.

Thanks, John!
At the time, Doug Yanega thought it could be C. pallida, adding that "this species is common wherever one finds palo verde".
However, I haven't been able to net any specimens in order to compare with identified ones.


Really choice images, Hartmut!
Do I suggest some Seussification in your post, i.e. "male in a manzanita". Wonder why that is...

but manzana=apple, + the diminutive -ita... How does Seuss figure in this?

and the pattern of the words. Oh, ignore me!

I was on a different wavelength.

My fault
I was on a different planet.

Yes, this is a male:-)

Thanks, Eric,
I thought I had already marked this as male, but apparently only the middle image.

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