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Robust looking bee - Andrena palpalis - female

Robust looking bee - Andrena palpalis - Female
Clark Valley, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
March 5, 2009
I think I can see three submarginals, a very long & pointed marginal cell;scopa point to female. Thoracic color seems interesting (at least new to me). Not sure whether this fuzzy photo can be sufficiently read, but its the only one I managed to take.
She's in a Phacelia distans.

...on adding another new California species to the Guide!

Andrena female
probably Andrena (Belandrena) palpalis Timberlake

That is a common Phacelia specialist in California

Thanks for the quick answer, John!
Now I can even see parts of the facial fovea.

it would be helpful to post more images if possible
to confirm the det. The abdomen should be metallic blue (not bright) with white hair bands

I'll be in that area
next week & will try some more photos. For now, I have only one other blurry picture which doesn't show enough of the abdomen.

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