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Megachile female - Megachile newberryae - female

Megachile female - Megachile newberryae - Female
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
June 25, 2000
Size: a minimum of 10 mm
This bee was sleeping on Screwbean Mesquite in Sentenac Cienega near the end of June. I suspect a Megachile, but there are lots of megachilids. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Megachile female - Megachile newberryae - female Megachile - Megachile newberryae - female

Moved from Subgenus Sayapis.


likely M. (Sayapis) newberryae
this species is a vernal desert species known to nest in mesquite and to visit its flowers

note darker hairs on the clypeus

Subgenus likely Sayapis
If not, Chelostomoides

Note elongate body

Megachile (Sayapis) or (Chelostomoides) sp.
Thank you for the further clarification of this female Megachile to subgenus, Dr. Ascher. It is most helpful and is much appreciated.

Moved from ID Request.


Thanks for the Megachile female ID
I was hoping she was a Megachile. But in a live bee it so often is difficult to see the details that are obvious in a specimen. I really appreciate your help.

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