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Species Osmia taurus

Mason Bee - Osmia taurus - female Mason Bee - Osmia taurus - female Mason Bee - Osmia taurus - female Mason Bee (Osmia Taurus) - Osmia taurus - male Mason Bee - Osmia taurus - male Osmia taurus? - Osmia taurus - female
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 Osmiini
Genus Osmia (Mason Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Osmia)
Species taurus (Osmia taurus)
Explanation of Names
Author: Smith, 1873.
Range
Native to East Asia. Mysteriously appeared in Maryland and nearby states soon after release of the extremely similar O. cornifrons, in the 1970s, by USDA scientists. Now widely distributed in the mid-Atlantic states, and likely to be found elsewhere due to wide movement of hibernating orchard bees. (Map)(1)
Food
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Internet References
ResearchGate. Osmia taurus, O. cornifrons, and Anthidium manicatum in North Georgia: Three Introduced Bee Species Making Their Way Into the Deep South