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Species Megachile parallela - Parallel Leaf-cutter Bee

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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 (Leafcutter, Mason, and Resin Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Megachilini
Genus Megachile (Leafcutter, Resin, and Mortar Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Argyropile, Bent-tailed Leaf-cutter Bees)
Species parallela (Parallel Leaf-cutter Bee)
Size
Female 13-14 mm, male 12-13 mm
Identification
"The female of M. parallela is distinct, and can be recognized by apex of S6, which has a bare, slightly upturned rim projecting slightly beyond the dense fringe of short, dark hairs."(1) [this character also present in other species in the subgenus]
Range
British Columbia to Mexico, east to North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida.
Season
June to September.
Food
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images. Pollen specialist on Asteraceae.
Works Cited
1.Leafcutter and Mason Bees of the Genus Megachile Latreille (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in Canada and Alaska
Sheffield, Cory S. et al. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification.