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Bombus species? - Melecta - female

Bombus species? - Melecta - Female
White Lake Road, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
May 18, 2009
Very large bee

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Bombus species? - Melecta - female Bombus species? - Melecta - female

Moved from Melecta.

Moved from Melecta.


Not an ID
but we have something superficially close in Melecta, also from Okanagan Valley.

This is indeed the same Melecta species
Only, the former pic you quote was one of a male, while this time a superb female specimen was "shot". These cuckoo-bees are specialized brood parasites of Anthophora species.
Adalbert Goertz suggested M. pacifica fulvida. At least the subspecies name would match very well, fulvida being Latin for "tawny".
European M. albifrons is very similar, the main difference being its dull brown fur instead of this fiery red.

sure looks like it. Had never seen anything like this before. Thanks everybody.

Just uploaded second photo. A little blurry, but gives another view of the wing venation. Can frass later, but thought it might help narrow down the ID.

Moved from Mining Bees. I'm being cautious just in case I'm wrong!

Moved from Bumble Bees.

Not Bombus.
This is going to be something in the Andrenidae, probably genus Andrena.

is Melecta possible?

I have to admit I've never seen specimens of that genus before, but it appears we already have some matching images in the guide. Nice detective work, John.

That one earns a WOW!

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