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ImageJRsbugs
Feb 13, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Here is the Bug Pics for all to post. forum.
Imagebugglady
Jul 20, 2015 8:58 AM CST
Name: felixx miles
Tampa, Florida
Can anyone help me identify this cute bug? I live in Tampa, Fla. I've asked for help on allthingsplants.com and very much appreciate the help, but I do not see any photos that match my bug. Can anyone help/Thumb of 2015-07-20/bugglady/b22b73
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hello bugglady, very good capture. Smiling

This appears to be a bee in the family Melittidae, it resembles Hesperapis oraria but there will no doubt be many species in Florida of which some may be too similar to distinguish one from another.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/590012/bgpage
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 9:46 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I found a pdf on Hesperapis oraria, it's the sole representative of the genus east of the Mississippi but by their reckoning it hasn't been found as far south as Tampa, yet.

It's thought the sole pollen host is Balduina angustifolia .. is that around you?

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/auxiliary/alcfwru/documents/ALCFWRU...
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
The Bees of Florida ..

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/hallg/melitto/floridabees/Bee...
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Discover Life does give the area around Tampa for Hesperapis oraria .. keep clicking on the map.

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Hesperapis oraria

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?w=720&r=0.05&e=-51.00000&...
Imagebugglady
Jul 21, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Name: felixx miles
Tampa, Florida
Thanks to Janet ( near Lincoln UK), for all the info. on my " cute bug." I think I narrowed him/her to either: Andrena Neonana Viereck or
Hesperapis Oraria. The Andrena species leans more to the guy/gal I photographed. Has the yellow underbelly. Not 100% sure, but short of giving myself a nervous breakdown and having my family disown me because of my obsession with this little, cute bee, I'll settle
( for now), for that identification. Thanks again for your help!! Hurray! Thumbs up Felice aka: Felixx
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 21, 2015 8:21 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Andrena are difficult to separate, yours is a female, note the big bushy pollen hairs on the hind leg which suggest it's in the Subfamily Dasypodainae ..

http://bugguide.net/node/view/182876

http://bugguide.net/node/view/590012

Andrena neonana doesn't have the bushy orangey pollen hairs, the head shape is also different.

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20p?see=I_HHG1545&res=640&fla...

You're welcome, Felixx. Join the bug obsessed. Hilarious!
Imagebugglady
Jul 21, 2015 10:30 AM CST
Name: felixx miles
Tampa, Florida
Thanks again for straightening me out. Never could figure out the scientific names for all the sub species or Subfamilies of bees, bugs and other 4-6 legged critters! I am among the ignorant species of humans that go by the common names: bugs, beetles, bees, etc.! Shrug!

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