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May 2023
Bees from Alachua County


ID Confirmed.

Food plants:


(Erigeron philadelphicus)

Plant Family:  Asteraceae

When and where seen:

May 27, 2023


Parking lot at FLA (8th Ave & 55th St.)

Triepeolus lunatus

extensively red


Family:  Apidae

Size: 12 mm (female)


Female bee - possible red variant of Triepeolus lunatus

This Florida version of Tirepeolus lunatus  has much more red coloration than usual, but the other traits all seem congruent with T. lunatus. 


Among them:  this is a moderately large bee; the integument of the thorax is black, while that of the protonal lobes is red; the legs (including the coxae) are red; the two pale median bands on the scutum do not touch the pronotal collar; the basal and apical hairbands of T1 are not parallel to each other; the dark medial region on T1 is wider than the pale bands on either side of it; the pale band  on T2 is narrowly interrupted and T2 lacks pale swaths of hair laterally; the pale bands on T3 and T4 are uninterrupted; the outline of the apical margin of the pseudopygidial area is convex; S5 looks straight in profile; the sternum is darkly-colored, and there are patches of white hair on the apical lateral areas of S2-S4; there is a weak unpitted median line on the clyepus.   The bee's wings are dark.

The following parts of this bee are red:  the tegulae; the pronotal lobes; the lateral front edges of the scutum; the axillae; the apical edge of the clypeus; the bases of the mandibles; the labrum; the proboscis; and the lower antennae (the scapes, pedicels, F1 & the base of F2).  S1 is partly dark-red laterally.

There were many Melissodes bimaculatus in the area where this bee was feeding.

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