Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Apidae - Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees

Another bee for ID (male, right?) - Melissodes - male Bumble Bee  - Bombus centralis bee 22 - Centris Bombus mixtus - female All yellow Bombus - Bombus fervidus Svastra (Epimelissodes) obliqua? - Svastra obliqua Bombus - which species? - Bombus impatiens bumblebee - Bombus melanopygus
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes species formerly treated as the Anthophoridae
Numbers
3 subfamilies, with ~1,000 spp. in 50 genera in our area and ~5,750 spp. in >200 genera worldwide(1)
Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide)
Family Apidae
Subfamily Apinae
Tribe Apini Apis
Tribe Emphorini Subtribe *Ancyloscelidina: Ancyloscelis; Subtribe Emphorina: Diadasia (subg. Coquillettapis, Diadasia, Dasiapis), Melitoma, Ptilothrix
Subfamily Nomadinae
Tribe Epeolini Subtribe Epeolina: Epeolus; Subtribe *Odyneropsina: *Odyneropsis (subg. *Odyneropsis); Subtribe Thalestriina: Triepeolus
Remarks
This family includes the honey bee (brought to NA by European settlers), bumble bees, carpenter bees, digger bees, cuckoo bees...
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