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Species Megachile xylocopoides - Carpenter-mimic 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 Melanosarus, Black Leaf-cutter Bees)
Species xylocopoides (Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee)
Explanation of Names
From the large-carpenter-bee genus Xylocopa + the Greek ending -oides (-οιδης)- "looking like, like"
Size
Circa 13 mm
Identification
A very dark Megachile, resembles a Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa, especially such blue-black species as Xylocopa micans.

Quoting from Bees of Florida: Subgenus Melanosarus Mitchell, 2 species. A neotropical subgenus with 2 species in the USA. M. bahamensis is restricted to SE Florida while M. xylocopoides likely occurs throughout the state.... Megachilidae: Megachile xylocopoides Smith. ... Dates: March to November. Notes: primarily a coastal plain species of the SE USA; extends west to to the western deserts.
Range
Southeastern United States, esp. coastal plain
Season
March-November (Florida). May-September (North Carolina)
Food
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images. Pollen specialist on Asteraceae.
See Also
Carpenter Bees, Xylocopa
Print References
Brimley, p. 460, lists for coastal plain and (one record) lower Piedmont of North Carolina. (1)
Internet References
Florida Bees--photos of specimens and descriptions of this, and a related species, M. bahamensis.
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.