Nomada sp.
Del Puerto Canyon, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Nomada are called "Cuckoo bees" because they are parasites of the nests of other bee species.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.