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Species Megachile latimanus - Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee

Bee - Megachile latimanus Bee - Megachile latimanus - female Golden colored bumblebee - Megachile latimanus Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee - Megachile latimanus Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee - Megachile latimanus - male hairy leafcutter - Megachile latimanus Possible Megachile latimanus? - Megachile latimanus Broad-handed Leaf Cutter Bee - Megachile latimanus - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Megachilidae (Leaf-cutter Bees, Mason Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Megachilini
Genus Megachile (Leaf-cutter and Resin Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Xanthosarus)
Species latimanus (Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megachile femorata; Megachile acuta; Megachile vidua
Range
Alberta to Nova Scotia, south to Kansas and Georgia. In the southeast it is limited to the higher elevations of the Appalachians.
Season
May to October.
Food
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images. Regularly visits Asteraceae including thistles and also Fabaceae and Lamiaceae.
Internet References
http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/bsc/ejournal/srpg_18/Species/36M_latimanus/M_latimanus_species_page.html