Monday Night Mystery

For tonight’s challenge I present one of my favorite insects:

What is it?

All ten Myrmecos points go to the first person who can correctly name the genus.

The cumulative points winner for the month of May will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

10 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Nomada, because of the obviously highly armored and punctulate cuticle (idk if that’s truely diagnostic, a lot of other bees may have that as well), which helps protect them against the stings of their hosts. They also lack the two pollen-carrying apparatus (the corbiculae?) on their hind legs, and on this one you just make it out.

    I’m tempted to narrow it down further to the ruficornis species group, and maybe to N. maculata.

  2. Also, the long tongue suggests some sort of bee, since I’m sure that only bees and the very distinct pollen wasps (Masarinae) have this in North America.

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