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Hairy Bee - Andrena hirticincta - male

Hairy Bee - Andrena hirticincta - Male
Central Park, New York City, New York, USA
September 20, 2006
Around the same size or a little smaller than a Honey Bee. The hairiest bee around here. ID appreciated.

Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta

This specimen is a male, which makes things slightly more difficult when it comes to ID. My thinking is that this may be in the genus Andrena, but it would be awfully late in the year for them....You might want to contact Doug Yanega at UC Riverside and get his truly expert opinion.

Thanks Eric.
I usually don't try to "do" bees. After following your lead, and looking a little into Andrena possibilities, I think I will continue to not "do" them. Unless I collect a specimen, I will just let this guy remain a great looking bee that Eric Eaton thinks may be in Andrena. Thanks again for your response to my query. Charles

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