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Cuckoo bee

Triepeolus sp.


About 12-14 millimeters in body length, colored black with white scales as shown.


Bee is hanging from a saltcedar tree (Tamarix sp.) in a vast open field of degraded shortgrass prairie with sunflower, yucca, prickly-pear cacti, and scattered elm trees.


This bee is "sleeping" in response to an approaching storm. It is gripping the end of the twig with only its mandibles.

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KenCheeks 5 years ago

Great specimen and photograph. Love your work, Eric. And, thanks for all the help that you given me on IDs.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 5 years ago

Yes, this is a cool male bee resting

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Lat: 38.83, Long: -104.74

Spotted on Jun 16, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2014

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