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Cuckoo bee - Triepeolus lunatus

Cuckoo bee - Triepeolus lunatus
Gainesville, Florida, USA
May 31, 2004
Interesting markings on its thorax - looks like a smily face. I hope that plus the abdominal markings will make it possible to ID.

Moved from Triepeolus.


Moved from Doeringiella.

Triepeolus lunatus or rufithorax
seems to lack red on the axillae found in the holotype of alachuensis (dark form of rutithorax)

Triepeolus a genus again
Triepeolus was recently reinstated as a genus in a paper by Charles Michener's student Molly Rightmyer

D. (Triepeolus) pectoralis
Looks like female Doeringiella (Triepeolus) pectoralis. We have same in Colorado Springs.

how you come up with these creative species IDs
remains a mystery to me

this bee does not resemble T. pectoralis

D. (Triepeolus) pectoralis in Gainesville, Florida.
Check here and
here. .
T. lunatus is another candidate.

there is no record for Alachua county
so what is the basis for your "in Gainesville, Florida" comment?

The black area of T1 is broader in pectoralis, the wings of pectoralis are never so strongly infuscated, etc.

Note also the late fall flight season of pectoralis vs. the May date for the image

T. lunatus is indeed a candidate

Apparently Triepeolus is now considered a subgenus of Doeringiella - see World Bee Genera. I've renamed the guide page.

Cuckoo bee, Triepeolus sp.
Pretty confident of the genus. This is an image we could probably use for the field guide, Hannah, please contact me to remind me!
Family is Apidae (formerly placed in Anthophotidae). Keep your eyes open folks, these should be common on fall flowers.

Thanks, Eric
I have made a guide page.

I see this one made the Kaufman guide, Hannah.

Yes, indeed
- quite a thrill!