New Mexico Cellophane-cuckoo Bee  (seven photos)
  Epeolus novomexicanus

Epeolus novomexicanus at
            Burriston Ponds
I just found this in my photos from 2018.  I took
this one and only photo at Burraston Ponds, Juab
Utah.  I had only seen these bees previously on
 Antelope Island, as shown below .© Carol Davis 8

Epeolus novomexicanus
Bees were few and bar between on this late day in September
on Antelope Island but as I came to a place I had seen
these same bees before, low and behold there were a couple
of them digging little mines.  © Carol Davis 9-29-2020

cellephane bee
This is a hot spot for Sand Wasp nests but I saw
none on this day. It makes me wonder if this
cuckoo also uses Sand Wasp nests to lay their
eggs in. © Carol Davis 9-29-2020

cellophane cuckoo
These were digging when I first came up to them and then
they started hovering and then perching, just waiting for me to
leave.  I love their pink eyes and legs and the "W" on their thorax:
"Warning! Cellophane-cuckoo Bee at work."  © Carol Davis 9-29-2020

Epeolus cuckoo bee
I found these little hovering bees near some Sand Wasp nests
on Antelope
Island in 2016. I first thought they were Sand Wasps but
realized they must be something else.  They would hover and
check out
some of the holes in the sand. I suspected they might
be cuckoo bees. © Carol Davis 9-27-2016

possible Epeolus minimus
I was able to get some air shots of them because they would hover in
place for quite a while.  I couldn't get close to them or they would
scatter, so I used my telephoto lens. © Carol Davis 9-27-2016

hovering cuckoo bee
I found out from Dr. John Ascher on Bugguide this week (5-2018) that
these are
Epeolus novomexicanus. I have another picture of a female of
this species
that I took in 2008 that was also identified this year (2018)
by Dr. John Ascher on Bugguide. © Carol Davis 9-27-2016

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