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Andrena arabis, f, face, beltsville, md_2016-03-24-16.48 | by Sam Droege
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Andrena arabis, f, face, beltsville, md_2016-03-24-16.48

A specialist on early spring blooming brassicas. This one was collected just a few days ago along a very urbanized and disturbed section of Indian Creek in Beltsville, Maryland. Other than an overstory of trees all the herbaceous material growing seem to be invasive plants. However, this specialist bee seemed to find the early spring blooming brassicas acceptable and here it was.



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Uploaded on March 26, 2016