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Polychrome bee packing purple pollen - Calliopsis barbata

Polychrome bee packing purple pollen - Calliopsis barbata
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 28, 2014
This small bee with a multicolored abdomen was collecting pollen on Distant Phacelia (Phacelia distans) at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station. Might it be Calliopsis barbata?

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Oh, that's very nice!
So distinct, remember seeing it at BFS, also Eaton Canyon. Neat how they pack pollen into an agglutinated mass.

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