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Image description: This bee specimen found at Butte National Monument, Wyoming, had no common name. After folks at the National Wildlife Federation referred to it as the “Billy Idol Bee”, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist-in-charge decided to declare this species’ common name to be “Billy Idol Melecta.”
Photo by Sam Droege, USGS.

Image description: This bee specimen found at Butte National Monument, Wyoming, had no common name. After folks at the National Wildlife Federation referred to it as the “Billy Idol Bee”, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist-in-charge decided to declare this species’ common name to be “Billy Idol Melecta.”

Photo by Sam Droege, USGS.