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Genus Centris - Centris Bees

Gray hairy bee - Centris pallida Apinae -? - Centris - female bee - Centris errans Recent Death - Centris Digger bee? - Centris Centris Rhodopus - Centris rhodopus - female Centris Bee? - Centris - female Centris? - Centris
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 Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Centridini (Centridine Bees)
Genus Centris (Centris Bees)
Explanation of Names
Author: Fabricius
Numbers
22 spp. in 3 subgenera in our area, 212 spp. in 10 subgenera worldwide/total(1); C. nitida recently introduced into so. FL(2)
Identification
Rather robust bees; males have a yellow clypeus; in females the clypeus is either black or with yellow maculations
Male Female

The scopa
is very large and dense, resembling saddle bags (3)
Range
Neotropics into FL and sw. US (map)(1)
Remarks
Many are highly specialized collectors of oils