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Sleeping bees - Melissodes bimaculatus - male

Sleeping bees - Melissodes bimaculatus - Male
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
May 26, 2006
These bees have spent the last four nights, perhaps more, sleeping on this Bush Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii). Are they the same genus as these I photographed in July 2004?

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Sleeping bees - Melissodes bimaculatus - male Sleeping bees - Melissodes bimaculatus - male

I would bet these are Anthophorine bees.
-Sean McCann

These are all males, too, probably of Melissodes bimaculatus. Neat behavior you have captured here.

Thanks! Is there a feature that would confirm species?
I could easily capture and chill one of these tonight. They are very predictable!

We currently have Melissodes under tribe Eucerini not Anthophorini. Is this incorrect?

to new species page.

"Anthophorine" is ambiguous- it can be either Anthophorinae or Anthophorini. I think here the reference is to the former subfamily Anthophorinae, which used to contain both Anthophorini and Eucerini

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