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WillyJune 7th, 2006, 12:31 pm
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TaxonJune 8th, 2006, 11:12 pm
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Willy-

Perhaps they're grooming one another to get some nourishment before returning home. So, what insect order do you think they are? Are they aquatic or terrestrial?

EDIT: 06/09/2006 21:25 PDT

Willy-

Oh well, if you won't talk to me, guess I can always talk to myself.

The insects are:
Order: Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
Suborder: Apocrita (Ants, Bees and Wasps)
Superfamily: Apoidea (Bees)
Family: Andrenidae (Mining Bees)
Genus: (probably) Andrena

I believe the redhead to be a male, but one would need to count antennal segments to be sure. Males have 13 antennal segments, and females have 12.

Here is the URL for what one looks like closer up: http://static.flickr.com/45/130985530_85274519e7_o.jpg

Hope you will find this information as rewarding as was my pursuit of it.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com

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