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Unknown Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa

Unknown Bee - Protoxaea gloriosa
Bitter Lake NWR, Chaves County, New Mexico, USA
July 12, 2014
There were a number of these in flight, as is this one, with each one seeming to guard their own area. If one bee came into another bee's area that would result in a confrontation of some sort.

Would appreciate an ID.
TIA - -


Moved from ID Request.
Looks like Protoxaea gloriosa

Protoxaea gloriosa
Thank you for the ID.
Cliff - - -

A male

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