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Lepidophora lutea - Lepidophora lepidocera

Lepidophora lutea - Lepidophora lepidocera
Victoria Glades Natural Area, Jefferson County, Missouri, USA
September 7, 2008
On flower of tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum) along margin of dolomite glade (xeric dolomite prairie) and dry/mesic dolomite forest.
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Lepidophora lutea - Lepidophora lepidocera Lepidophora lepidocera

Moved from Lepidophora lutea.

Thanks for the ID correction - I wasn't sure which was the 4th abdominal segment.

Close. This is L. lepidocera - the sides of tergite 4 (if you work back from the tip of the abdomen, segments 6 and 7 have tufts of black scales, and 5 has a tuft of yellow scales - check the segment before that to confirm species) are entirely black, while they would have yellow hair in L. lutea. This is the expected species in the southern half of the US, while L. lutea is more northern.

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