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Bee or wasp, what is it?


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#1 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 25 2021 - 6:44 PM

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Yesterday I was shooting pictures of bees in the flowers on my patio and I saw this

 

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According to iNaturalist this could be one of two varieties of Leafcutter bee, a solitary predatory wasp of the genus Tachytes, or two other types of ground nesting wasp. My opinion of iNaturalist’s species identification AI algorithm is decreasing by the minute. I’m welcome to input from any interested entomological sleuth!

 



#2 Online Zeiss - Posted July 25 2021 - 7:15 PM

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This actually looks like a type of Crabronid wasp to me.


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#3 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted July 26 2021 - 3:40 AM

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Thanks, Square-headed wasp was one of the iNaturalist suggestions. 






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