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Anthophora? - Habropoda pallida - male

Anthophora? - Habropoda pallida - Male
Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California, USA
April 24, 2008
On flower of Larrea tridentata (Creosote bush).

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Anthophora? - Habropoda pallida - male Anthophora? - Habropoda pallida - male

Moved
Moved from Habropoda.

 
Thanks, John!
its on my spring list, especially since my grandkids want to see Kelso Dunes.

Moved
Moved from Anthophorine Bees.

Anthophorini
do you have other views?

I was just at Kelso Dunes myself:

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20o?search=Habropoda+pallida

 
Thanks, John,
those are nice pictures in what looks like Astragalus lentiginosus var. borreganus. Do you use a flash with your camera?
It was rather windy that afternoon, and on subsequent days the crowd of 17 (Jepson botany workshop with Jim Andre & Tasha LaDoux) chased most of the insects away.
Did you stay at Granite Cove?
I have some other pictures, taken a bit north of the dunes, but have to search.
P.S. Just found, and added, a photo of the bee in flight.

 
Habropoda
"what looks like Astragalus lentiginosus var. borreganus"

This is Leslie Saul's study plant.

"Do you use a flash with your camera?"

No, I used a Sony DSC-H5 with more or less default settings with 12x zoom from about 4 feet.

"Did you stay at Granite Cove?"

I stayed at the Zzyzx field station

Your images may also be of Habropoda pallida, but I can't see the wing venational character that would confirm this

 
Interesting,
perhaps that camera might be a good extra to carry along - just looked at a review.
Leslie Saul's study about phoretic nest parasites is fascinating. I read it some time ago, also added references on a couple of Meloidae pages at the time; perhaps time to look at it again since I didn't remember the Astragalus.
Next time I'll try to get the wing venation as well.

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