Megachile (Hackeriapis)

Belongs within: Megachilini. The subgenus Hackeriapis of the genus Megachile is an Australasian group of relatively small resin bees, most of which (excepting some larger species) have strong transverse grooves on the second and third metasomal tergites (Michener 1965). Resinous confusion Published 12 February 2024 Australia (like most other parts of the world) is home… Continue reading Megachile (Hackeriapis)

Halictidae

Belongs within: Anthophila.Contains: Halictinae, Nomia, Lipotriches. The Halictidae are a family of short-tongued bees distinguished by a strongly arcuate basal vein in the fore wing (Engel 2001). The Halictidae: short tongues and waxy chambers Published 25 April 2020 In an earlier post, I introduced you to the diverse group of bees known as the Halictinae.… Continue reading Halictidae

Anthophila

Belongs within: Apoidea.Contains: Megachilidae, Apidae, Andrenidae, Halictidae, Stenotritidae, Colletidae, Melittinae. The Anthophila, bees, are a diverse and well-marked clade of herbivorous wasps, characterised primarily by the presence of at least some plumose hairs on the body (though these may be few in some groups). Particularly dense patches of these plumose hairs may form a scopa… Continue reading Anthophila

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Lasioglossum

Belongs within: Halictinae. Lasioglossum is a cosmopolitan genus of small bees characterised by weakened cross-veins in the outer part of the fore wing, and by relatively small and simple gonostyli in the male (Houston 2018). <==Lasioglossum Curtis 1833 [Gastrohalictini]M65 | i. s.: L. albipesJB13 | L. anomalum (Robertson 1892) [=Halictus anomalus]M65 | L. coriaceumE00 |… Continue reading Lasioglossum

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Halictinae

Belongs within: Halictidae.Contains: Augochlorini, Homalictus, Lasioglossum, Halictus, Sphecodes. The Halictinae are a group of short-tongued bees commonly known as ‘sweat bees’, due to their habit of lapping perspiration from animals in order to collect salts. They are distinguished from other bees by the combination of a strong episternal groove continuing well below the level of… Continue reading Halictinae

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Halictus

Belongs within: Halictinae. Halictus is a widespread genus of halictine bees with strong distal veins in the fore wing. <==Halictus Latreille 1804 [Halictina]E01 |–H. abnormis Blüthgen 1926B26 |–H. acrocephalus Blüthgen 1926B26 |–H. aeratusMS01 |–H. aglyphusB26 |–H. albescens Sm. 1853 (see below for synonymy)B26 | |–H. a. albescensB26 | |–H. a. gibber Vachal 1892B26 | |–H.… Continue reading Halictus

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Homalictus

Belongs within: Halictinae. Homalictus is an Indo-Australian genus of small bees with a somewhat flattened metasoma bearing a ventral scopa of relatively long hairs (Michener 1965). Characters (from Michener 1965): Small species, metallic in nearly all females and most males. Labral process of female tapering to a point, its keel commonly depressed and broad above… Continue reading Homalictus

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Nomia

Belongs within: Halictidae. Nomia is a genus of bees whose species excavate nests in soil (Michener 1965). Many species have prominent, apical opalescent bands on the metasomal tergites. Characters (from Michener 1965): First flagellar segment shorter than scape; proboscis with apices of galeae in repose not reaching posterior end of proboscidial fossa; mesepisternum with distinct… Continue reading Nomia

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Andrenidae

Belongs within: Anthophila.Contains: Andrena. The Andrenidae are a family of short-tongued bees that nest in soil, found on all continents except Australia and Antarctica. They are characterised by the presence of two subantennal sutures below each antenna, which are usually not convergent below. Members of the subfamily Andreninae are most diverse in Eurasia and North… Continue reading Andrenidae

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Megachilidae

Belongs within: Anthophila.Contains: Anthidiini, Osmiini. The Megachilidae are a group of long-tongued bees generally characterised by a well-developed scopa (array of long hairs) on the metasomal sterna. The plesiomorphic scopa on the hind legs of other bee families is reduced in most megachilids; basal members of the family that retain a scopa-like array of setae… Continue reading Megachilidae

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