Protoxaea gloriosa

Protoxaea gloriosa from the Sta. Rita Mountains photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in the riparian corridor of Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona, USA. 30 July 2013. Visiting flowers of Kidneywood.

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This is one of the more easily recognized native bee species in southern Arizona canyons. It is larger than a honeybee, whereas most kinds of bees are considerably smaller. The bright rusty brown setae covering the thorax are unique. It can be found in the shady canyons and desert slopes along the Mexican border and hence south.

Andrenidae -- Mining Bee Family

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