This bodily patterned bee is a cleptoparasite of the Broad-footed Cellophane Bee (Colletes latitarsis), which is a specialist on Ground Cherries and Tomatillos (Genus Physalis). Look for both in July and August in gardens or weedy fields with Physalis.
Identification: Moderately sized, dark bee with two distinct white hair bands on the abdomen and red on the thorax.
Similar Species: Unique.
Global Status: Not Ranked
Vermont Status: S3
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Living Atlas Species Page
Distribution: To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map.