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Photo#176588
Bee, and its little friend - Stylops

Bee, and its little friend - Stylops
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
April 9, 2008
Size: 8 mm (bee)
Found this bee in a Lindgren funnel trap sample. Andrenidae?

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Moved
Moved from Stylopidae.

bee is an Andrena female
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thks John

Moved

Stylopids
It looks like a male twisted-wing parasite.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/69897

Was it still alive (the parasite; the bee's clearly dead at this point)?

 
It is!
Yes, this is a bee parasitized by a strepsipteran. I knew that but am curious as to the bee's ID. Both were dead by the time I found it.

 
Placement -
I'm no expert, but Borror and Delong makes it sound like stylopids are the only strepsipteran family that parasitizes bees, so can these images be moved there? Or is that too simple - do some of the other nearctic strepsipterans parasitize bees as well?

 
Sure
That would seem to be the case.

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