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Squash Bees Mating Pair - Peponapis pruinosa - male - female

Squash Bees Mating Pair - Peponapis pruinosa - Male Female
Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza, Orange County, California, USA
June 17, 2009
Mating looked more like a wrestling match, with three participants at one point. There was a lot of rolling around inside the blossom, but fortunately they were outside long enough for me to capture this image.

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Moved
Moved from Squash bee.

Moved
Moved from Large Squash Bee.

Peponapis, probably pruinosa
not Xenoglossa

note entirely black clypeus of female and very limited yellow on male clypeus

 
Thanks, John
Sorry I mucked up the ID, here and no doubt elsewhere.

Hard work pays off...
Looks like your persistent effort in staking out these squash flowers has not been in vain. Stunning photo, Ron!

 
Thanks, Harsi.
Wish I'd more shots like this one, but their bedroom wasn't very well lit.

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