Coelioxys octodentata, m, back, Yolo, CA
East Coast, West Coast, this parasitic species, Coelioxys octodentata occurs throughout the United States, almost completely filling the country with records and stopping at the border for some reason. How closely related are the specimens on the Pacific edge versus the Atlantic? Unknown, but for now they are just one species. Red legs are classic C. octodentata. "This bee was collected in the California Central Valley in Yolo County for research on small-scale restoration in agricultural areas. Claire Kremen's 10-year study of hedgerows shows the benefits of planting native shrubs and forbs in agricultural areas for native bees. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.