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Genus Centris

Bee or Fly - Centris nitida Recent Death - Centris The Pale Bee (face shaded) - Centris pallida - female White Bee - Centris - male Bee - Centris - female Oil digger bee- Centris? - Centris - male Centris flavofasciata - male  Shining Oil Digger Bee, Centris nitida - Centris nitida
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 (Apoidea (clade Anthophila) - Bees)
Family Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Centridini (Centridine Bees)
Genus Centris
Explanation of Names
Author: Fabricius
Numbers
22 spp. in 3 subgenera in our area, 212 spp. in 10 subgenera worldwide/total(1); C. nitida recently introduced into so. FL(2)
Identification
Rather robust bees; males have a yellow clypeus; in females the clypeus is either black or with yellow maculations
Male Female

The scopa
is very large and dense, resembling saddle bags (3)
Range
Neotropics into FL and sw. US (map)(1)
Remarks
Many are highly specialized collectors of oils