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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Distribution: To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map.