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Species Megachile perihirta - Western Leafcutter

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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 (Leafcutter, Resin, Mortar, Sharptail, Mason, and Woolcarder bees and relatives)
Tribe Megachilini (Leafcutter, Resin, Mortar, and Sharptail bees)
Genus Megachile (Leafcutter, Resin, and Mortar Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Xanthosarus)
Species perihirta (Western Leafcutter)
Explanation of Names
The name "perihirta" refers to the large extent of hairs and common names have been coined to reflect this. However, the common name "Western Leafcutter" is now in use and may be preferred because this is one of the most conspicuous native leafcutters in Western North America, especially along the Pacific Coast. NNot to be confused with the Western Resin Bee, i.e. Megachile occidentalis.
Primarily western
Visits flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
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