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Interesting bee - Megachile lanata - male

Interesting bee - Megachile lanata - Male
Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
February 6, 2006
Size: 1.2cm
I should note that these bees are not sedate like a honeybee; rather they zip around at great speed, clutching onto flowers with great force. It seems from these shots that the bee is grabbing the flower with it's mandibles while the tongue probes deep inside.
Something about this bee reminds me of a Megachilid, but I can't quite put my finger on it, and none of the Bugguide images seems to match.

Images of this individual: tag all
Interesting bee - Megachile lanata - male Interesting bee - Megachile lanata - male

Moved from Megachile.

Moved from Megachile.

Megachile (Pseudomegachile) lanata
an exotic bee native to the Old World (e.g., India) and introduced to Florida, the West Indies, and the Guianas

I was thinking someone could ID this unique-looking Megachile!

Superb shot.
(Damn Floridians with bugs all year.)

Male Megachile sp.
Nice images of a male Megachile species. The blunt, turned-down tip of the abdomen is pretty distinctive for male megachilids in general, but it just takes experience to easily recognize them. Outstanding pollination example, too!

Thanks Eric! I wonder what species this is? It is so striking. I suppose that Florida has 72 species, so if I really want an ID I should pin one.
-Sean McCann
You can see some more of my photos at

You're welcome!
Your blogspot is definitely worth the visit. I like seeing your images of herps and birds as well as insects and arachnids.

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