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Photo#80889
Bee - female

Bee - Female
~2400 ft, Figueroa Mountain Road, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
September 25, 2006
The same specimen (Anthophora sp.?) seen at the end of the extended stamen, brushing off pollen - note the already laden scopa - (style and stamen structure are such that they encourage cross pollination - but that's another topic).
I have observed the same behavioral sequence in honey bees (which this is not), i.e. first 'nectaring', then going out to the extended stamen of a related plant, Trichostema lanatum. Subsequently, they fly off laden with blue of white pollen (two different cultivars at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens).

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Bee - female Bee - female

Moved

Moved
Moved from Centris cockerelli.

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Just came across this one...
I'm surprised that this old post never received any kind of firm ID! Or have you since figured out for yourself what it is? Anthophora, as you suspected?

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