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Stout blackish Bee with long-yellow-white hair-bands, large scopa, and black-spot-pattern green-eyes - Melissodes - female

Stout blackish Bee with long-yellow-white hair-bands, large scopa, and black-spot-pattern green-eyes - Melissodes - Female
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 26, 2013
Size: ~~ 10 mm (rough estimate)
On Isocoma menziesii (Goldenbush).
Is this a female Apid Bee in genus Diadesia ?

Images of this individual: tag all
Stout blackish Bee with long-yellow-white hair-bands, large scopa, and black-spot-pattern green-eyes - Melissodes - female Stout blackish Bee with long-yellow-white hair-bands, large scopa, and black-spot-pattern green-eyes - Melissodes - female

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Thanks a lot for straightening this out, John !
My first hunch was Melissodes, but I couldn't find any BugGuide matches; and didn't succeed trying to key it out by tribe ...

In any case, it being Melissodes, could it be M. (Callimelissodes) lupina ?
M. lupina resembles very nicely and has been recorded from our county.

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