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Ground nesting bee - Nomia - female

Ground nesting bee - Nomia - Female
Skull Valley, (WSW of Prescott 10 miles), Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
July 2, 2007
Size: ca 1/2"
This is a series of images of adult bees; their access hole; larva; pollen food packet & nest chamber. From what I observed I believe they build several individual pupal(?) chambers radiating outward from the entrance tunnel and supply each with a packet of pollen. Found in moist well drained soil under a perennial plant like a rose bush. There were maybe a 2-3 dozen adults associated with this nesting site. None attempted to sting me, even though I was excavating their nest site in an attempt to extrapate Purple flowered Nutgrass from my rose garden.

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Ground nesting bee - Nomia - female Ground nesting bee -Melissodes paroselae - Nomia - female Ground nesting bee -Melissodes paroselae - Nomia - female

Moved
Moved from Melissodes paroselae.
Larva:
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Nest:

Not Melissodes.
The adult specimens are "alkali" bees in the genus Nomia, family Halictidae. The opalescent bands on the abdomen are diagnostic.

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