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Genus Xenoglossa - Large Squash Bee

Pollinator Glad I stayed with this bee. (Likely Xenoglossa strenua) - Xenoglossa strenua - male Glad I stayed with this bee. - Xenoglossa strenua - male Apidae  - Xenoglossa strenua - male Melissodes agilis ? - Xenoglossa strenua - female bee - Xenoglossa strenua - male My what big manibles you have... - Xenoglossa Xenoglossa
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 Eucerini (Long-horned Bees)
Genus Xenoglossa (Large Squash Bee)
Numbers
5 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area, 7 spp. in 2 subgenera total(1)
Identification
Robust and hairy. Clypeus is mostly yellow in males; predominantly black in females.
Range
nearctic (US to Costa Rica: map)(1)
Food
Collects pollen only from Cucurbita
Remarks
Females visit Cucurbita flowers in the early morning; males continue their visits until later and they often become trapped inside the wilting blossoms during the rest of the day and perhaps during the night.
Print References
Hurd, P.D., Jr., and E.G. Linsley (1964) The squash and gourd bees Peponapis Robertson and Xenoglossa Smith inhabiting America north of Mexico. Hilgardia 35: 373-477.