A Solitary Bee

Centris sp.

a Apidae, probably Centris, photo © by Mike Plagens

Visiting flowers of Texas Mountain Laurel (Calia secundiflora). Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona, 8 March 2014.

Apidae -- Bee Family

Centris bees are relatively large, fast flying bees. This one has a distinctive coat of gray and golden setae (hairs) on the thorax. It is visiting flowers of a small tree, Calia secundiflora, which is not native to the Sonoran Desert, but rather to the Chihuahuan.

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