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1 cm long black bee with distinctive yellow fuzzy rear legs & a narrow white bar each side of its lower abdomen.
Thank you gatorfellows! That looks spot on!
Looked deeper and found similar in Species Melissodes bimaculata; http://bugguide.net/node/view/69274 It certainly looks the same superficially. Bees are not my area, but I had one that looked a lot like yours.
Very nice photos. You might compare them to Long Horn Bees; Tribe Eucerini http://bugguide.net/node/view/8019
They certainly are Jacob! I think it is some kind of carpenter bee but I've not found a match yet. I'll probably submit it to bugguide & see if they can help.
Nice shots, Karen! Those are some hairy legs!
Lat: 35.92, Long: -86.85
Spotted on Jul 9, 2012 Submitted on Jul 9, 2012