Sytyropha on white background.  

Sytyropha on white background.  

S. krigei to be specific from Kruger National Park in South Africa.  

This specimen was identified and photographed by Silas Bossert a bee researcher at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.  They use similar systems to what we use, but prefer gray to white backgrounds, they are equally detailed.  Silas is identifying a number of the specimens we captured a few years ago in Kruger and we are very much appreciative of his expertise.  This species specializes on morning glories and carries pollen throughout its body rather than simply on the legs.  It is also a sweat bee…interesting world.