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Ashmeadiella xenomastax - female

Ashmeadiella xenomastax - Female
Off Amboy Rd., near Chadwick Rd, East of Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, California, USA
April 27, 2008
Size: 5-6mm
One of about a dozen bees feeding on Pholisma arenarium .
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Ashmeadiella xenomastax Michener, 1939

The strongly projecting clypeus is visible in this image. The enlarged head is distinctive as is the red metasoma.

An excellent find!

Note this nearby record:

Great, and thank you, John,
for all of your help and information! Just looked at the coordinates given on Discoverlife - close indeed. Discoverlife is a wonderful resource, especially - as far as I'm concerned - to the extent that Western information is added.
I hope to become a bit more bee-literate by taking a 3-day workshop in early June with Gordon Frankie & Robbin Thorp.


Thanks again!
Of the many possible stops along the road, this was just a lucky hit finding the Pholisma on my way home to Pasadena.

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