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Southeast, Texas, USA
May 5, 2005
Bee or wasp.


Moved from Protostelis.

At first I ageed that this was a Stelis (Heterostelis)
The current name for Protostelis (see Michener, 2007).

The known species in Texas are S. australis and S. texana. Host bee is Trachusa (Heteranthidium).

After seeing this however I think it could be a Dianthidium (Dianthidium):

this looks to be one of the parasitic Anthidiines - very rare beasties

Resin bee.
This is a species of resin bee, probably in the genus Anthidium, family Megachilidae. Any more images and/or more precise locale?

It was caught sometime around noon while pollinating in a flower bed. It was covered with pollen, so I didn't manage a worthy capture of its underside. While it was held captive, I noticed another of this kind was hovering around in the exact same area. Southeast Texas, about 50 miles off the Gulf Coast.
Thanks for the identifications!

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