Subject: Washington State Solitary Bee
Location: Washington, USA
June 23, 2016 11:40 pm
I found this odd unfurred black bee roaming around while we were planting flowers, and we figured it must be some sort of solitary bee, as there was only one at the time.
Signature: Wesley Grubbs
We believe this is a Leaf-Cutter Bee in the genus Megachile, a large and diverse genus. It resembles the image of Megachile relativa which is pictured on BugGuide, and the species has been reported from nearby British Columbia.