Megachile (Leptorachis) petulans

Size:  13 mm (female)

Associated plant:

Shrubby blue salvia

Salvia ballotiflora

Family:   Laminaceae

When seen:  June 3, 2021
Falcon Park, Starr County

Female Bee, Falcon State Park, Starr County
Female Bee, Falcon State Park, Starr County
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Dorsal view of bee

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This is a hefty female leafcutter (13 mm) with a yellow-orange appearance – its abdominal hairbands, thorax hairs and scopal hairs are orange.  I saw several of these feeding on shrubby blue salvia on my last visit to Falcon Park in Starr County.

female bee

female bee

Megachile frugalis

Size:  10.5  mm (male) 

Associated plant:

Shrubby blue salvia

Salvia ballotiflora

Family:   Laminaceae

When seen:  June 2, 2021
El Mesteno Ranch, Puerto  Rico TX
NW Hidalgo County

Male bee, Mesteno Ranch, NW Hidalgo Co.
Male bee, Mesteno Ranch, NW Hidalgo Co.
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Face of bee

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Dorsal view

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Close-up of vertex & scutum

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Profile view of abdomen

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This is a medium-sized male leafcutter without expanded forelegs and without any reddish coloring on any of its legs.  The tip of its abdomen has a jagged edge with a pronounced notch in the middle. This is a common bee on shrubby blue salvia at the Mesteno Ranch in NW Hidalgo County.

male bee

male bee

Stelis costalis

Size:  8 mm (female) 

Associated plant:

Wedelia

Wedelia acapulcensis  

Family:  Asteraceae

When seen:  June 6, 2021
Harlingen, TX
Cameron County

Female bee

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Vertex & thorax

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Face

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Megachile frugalis

Size:  13 mm (female)

Associated plant:

Coastal lazydaisy
Aphanostephus skirrhobasis

Family:   Asteraceae

When seen:  June 9, 2021

El Mesteno Ranch
Puerto Rico, TX, NW Hidalgo Co.

Female bee from El Mesteno Ranch, NW Hidalgo Co.
Female bee from El Mesteno Ranch, NW Hidalgo Co.
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Face & jaws of bee

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T6 is concave in profile and covered with dark hairs.

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Dorsal view of tip of abdomen

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Dorsal view of abdomen

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female bee