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Habropoda - Habropoda depressa

Habropoda - Habropoda depressa
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
March 29, 2006
I'm submitting this image only because it shows wing veination. Please see also the notes with the image of this insect in flight.

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Moved from Habropoda.

Thanks, John!
By now I'm quite certain this is correct, of course you already know this. I just observed a few at Rancho Santa Ana Bot. Garden, again in Berberis where they're often difficult to photograph. As in previous years, I've also seen them on flowers of Salvia mellifera.
Last Saturday I noticed some in Sunland, at Theodore Payne Foundation, together with what looked like Anthophora californica.
If you have a chance, could you please take a look at another bee from Theodore Payne, an Osmiini:

Moved from Anthophorine Bees.

Definitely Habropoda, likely H. depressa
generic ID based on distal position of first recurrent vein and relatively unmodified legs (unlike similar Anthophora)

diagnostic features of Habropoda include:
elongate marginal cell, extending far beyond the submarginal cells and third submarginal cell narrowed anteriorly

Thanks for this added information, John!
It is already on my spring schedule to get better photos of this bee, as well as some specimen.

- moving to genus, and taking note of the likely species. Thank you!


Could be Habropoda depressa Fowler
or a similar species

Thanks, John,
and a good reason to take a specimen next spring at RSABG. When I took these images, there were quite a bunch flying around this Barberry.
For now, Anthophorini seems safe.

I agree
I think this is indeed an anthophorid (digger) bee. It looks a lot like some of the diggers we have here in WA state. Nice wing shot!

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