Bernhard Jacobi 28 November 2013Tiphiidae(family)Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae
Hi Dianne, this is a male Flower Wasp. We have seen many different species in CA and the are as fond of getting nectar from Gum flowers as are many bees. They may look similar to bees but are slenderer and smaller headed than most. A closer look at the hind basitarsi (narrow as opposed to broadened in bees) will tell the difference, though. Thanks Bernhard, I did wonder if it was a wasp tricking me0 votes
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