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Sculptured Resin Bee - Megachile sculpturalis Large bee with a black head and abdomen. The thorax wass covered with dense yellowish-brown hairs. Wings are dark, but transparent. Overall size was about 3 cm long.<br />
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Habitat: meadow<br />
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Sculptured Resin Bee - Megachile sculpturalis

Large bee with a black head and abdomen. The thorax wass covered with dense yellowish-brown hairs. Wings are dark, but transparent. Overall size was about 3 cm long.

Sculptured Resin Bee - Megachile sculpturalis Large bee with a black head and abdomen. The thorax was covered with dense yellowish-brown hairs. Wings are dark, but transparent. Overall size was about 3 cm long.<br />
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Habitat: meadow<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58634/sculptured_resin_bee.html<br />
 Geotagged,Giant resin bee,Megachile sculpturalis,Summer,United States

    comments (5)

  1. Incredible scene, interesting new species, and much respect for getting it identified! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks. That's one of the awesome things about the internet - no one needs to know how to ID everything, and you can seek help from experts on every topic. So much easier than it was 20 years ago, when I was just starting out and only had a few books to guide me. When I first started grad school, I collected a ton of mosquito larvae and carefully preserved them in vials, and then I later found out from my professor that none of them were actually mosquito larvae ;P. I'm sure he was so impressed, haha. Posted 2 years ago
      1. You're totally right, but even consulting with experts takes time and dedication, a barrier for many, but not for you. Posted 2 years ago
  2. BRAVO!!!! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Julian! Posted 2 years ago

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''Megachile sculpturalis'', known as the giant resin bee, has a size between 1⁄2 and 1 in . It is much bigger than most other leafcutting bees. Native to Japan and China, it has been introduced to the Eastern United States and Ontario, Canada in recent times, and recorded as invasive in Europe in 2009. It is mainly black with brownish yellow hairs. They are known to use cavities belonging to carpenter bees to make their nests.

Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Mar 28, 2018. Captured Aug 7, 2016 10:33 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/395s
  • ISO100
  • 236mm