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Long-horned bees of the tribe (Eucerini) genus Eucera Subgenus Synhalonia

These little bees look like a honey bee until you pay attention. They are fast and intelligent. They have antenna for long range floral quests.
Long Horned bees live in the ground in vertical tubes on flat ground with side galleries of individual cells for each egg that is lined with pollen and nectar and plugged up with packed dirt when done. The entrances are about 6-7 mm.(1/2 inch) across and maybe 35-40 cm(a foot) deep.
They need weed free ground that is not cultivated to thrive. (Nests of Tetralonia lepida (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae) Robert W. Brooks and Charles D. Michener Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society Vol. 58, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 559-561 )
Eucera Subgenus Synhalonia) a Long Horned bee on Arctostaphylos stanfordiana - grid24_12
Eucera Subgenus Synhalonia a Long Horned bee on Arctostaphylos stanfordiana
A long horned bee on Lotus crassifolius. - grid24_24
A long horned bee on Lotus crassifolius out along the desert edge.
Long-horned beesof the tribe  (Eucerini) genus Eucera Subgenus Synhalonia on Arctostaphylos stanfordiana - grid24_24
Long-horned beesof the tribe (Eucerini) genus Eucera Subgenus Synhalonia on Arctostaphylos stanfordiana
Long Horned Bee on Arctostaphylos pungens
Long Horned Bee on Arctostaphylos pungens