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Bee for ID - Andrena wilkella - female

Bee for ID - Andrena wilkella - Female
Somerset County, New Jersey, USA
June 7, 2009
Size: 15 mm
Trachusa perdita
or
Cellophane bee (Colletes)
or
Andrena

Do not know who does the work here: male or female workers. I assume they are not sollitary.

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Bee for ID - Andrena wilkella - female Bee for ID - Andrena wilkella

Andrena wilkella IDd
Thank you John.

Note: your map tip is essential.

I did check the maps.
***Bug Guide users go to the DATA.

Found insects where they do not belong. They seems to do more (trans) continental traveling than ever before.
Maps are statistical average based on member contributions, yet there are always surprise appearances. With oddball appearing on opposite coasts way out of their range.

 
the maps I was referring to are these:
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?kind=Trachusa%20perdita

"Found insects where they do not belong."

Me too but I've found many more misdets. proposed due to failure to check maps.

"Maps are statistical average based on member contributions"

Please note that the Discover Life maps should cite all valid, published state occurrences.

"yet there are always surprise appearances. With oddball appearing on opposite coasts way out of their range."

True, but for every genuine range extensions there are dozens of out of range reports based on misidentifications.

Andrena wilkella female
solitary bee native to Europe

The suggested Trachusa perdita identication is quite creative. That is an obscure, uncommon bee from California belonging to a very different family. I wish people would consult range maps before suggesting species identifications.

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