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Wet Bee - Melissodes communis - female

Wet Bee - Melissodes communis - Female
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
September 5, 2006
Size: 1.7cm


Moved from Melissodes.

Moved from Digger bees.

Melissodes (Melissodes) communis Cresson, 1878
female; note dark wings; pale thorax below; largely black scutum and scutellum

Thanks yet again!!!

Melissodes sp?
This is a female Eucerini (family Apidae), and probably in the genus Melissodes. Great image, horrible specimen:-)

I am sure she cleans up nicely.
Bear in mind that I did not ask if I could take her picture right out of the shower.

Leaf-cutting bee ISO towel?

But if those hairs on the hind leg are its pollen-collecting apparatus, it would be something else- leaf-cutters have their pollen-collecting hairs on their bellies.

I don't know if it's significant, but the eyes look different than those on most leafcutter bees I've seen.

Not a leaf-cutting bee
since it has pollen brush in the wrong place for that.

I also wondered about the eyes
Also, yours is more hairy than the example I provided, though I have seen photos of some pretty hairy leaf-cutters.

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