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Andrena  - Andrena - female

Andrena - Andrena - Female
Clark Valley, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
March 5, 2009
Here I can see the facial fovea. Interesting metallic color, from bluish on parts of the abdomen, to greenish on the thorax.
Its in a Mirabilis flower.

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Andrena  - Andrena - female Andrena  - Andrena - female Andrena  - Andrena - female


possibly Andrena impolita
a species close to cerasifolii but found in drier areas and often greener (less blue)

Thanks, again!
I thought of cerasifolii which you identified for me from Eaton Canyon, & Mill Creek Summit, but there are so many spp. & I just don't know enough.

there are only two blue/green Melandrena
cerasifolii and impolita (see LaBerge, 1987)

Thanks, John -
I see that cerasifolii is much bluer, but also read (Discover Life) that female impolita are difficult to separate from cerasifolii. So I should probably wait until I can get a good specimen ID, or at least more detailed photos?

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