Indeed it is A. plumipes...and they are not black like many of the European/British individuals. Their point of origin was Japan where they are lighter and were initially called A. pilipes. Likely they should be split back to their original names. This species is now quite common in the D.C. area and populations are growing rapidly. At my house they have managed to build numerous nests in the mud walls of my house.,
Note that there are no records for Philadelphia or Baltimore yet!
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Thanks John (and Doug). For what it's worth, Wikipedia says that females can be black or brown. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthophora_plumipes
At 04:05 PM 4/21/2012, John Ascher wrote:
I think it's an Anthophora plumipes female, one of the exotic species introduced by Suzanne Batra et al. of the USDA.
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Subject: [beemonitoring] ID?
A gardener sent this photo, taken in Maryland. Know what it is? Looks like it has some spider web or something like that on a wing.