Tiny Bee or Ant
Location: Valley of Fire visitor Center 36°25’47.38”N 114°30’51.01”W
February 26, 2011 10:05 pm
Took this photo of a critter in a globe mallow at the Valley of Fire state park in Nevada. The flower is about 1cm across.
Signature: Just Curious
Dear Just Curious,
We will try to identify what we believe to be Bees in your photograph. The pale coloration is highly unusual. We wonder if perhaps these pale creatures are in the Tribe Neolarrini as pictured on BugGuide.
Identification courtesy of Eric Eaton
Yes, those are bees in the genus Perdita (family Andrenidae). Exceptionally diverse genus, especially in the southwest.