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Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa - male

Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa - Male
Dog Canyon, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
August 5, 2010
These never land, so I had to go for flight shots. The antennae look short for bees that I know.

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Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa - male Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa - male

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Protoxaea gloriosa
territorial male

the first Andrenidae: Oxaeinae images for Bugguide!

Thank You
As I said, they don't land, but they do hover a lot, and they chased anything that they saw, even a large June Bug. Makes sense that this was territorial behavior...

Nice work, Bob.
We all should try more in-the-air shots, particularly with bees and flies. I've shot a couple flies aloft and wouldn't have obtained an ID otherwise.