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Genus Centris

Centris - Centris hoffmanseggiae Bee ZH3Z9851 - Centris errans - female Gray bee on Desert Milkweed - Centris This one has pale eyes. Male Centris rhodopus? - Centris rhodopus Unknown 'Bug' 9932 - Centris caesalpiniae - female Bee - Centris Centris pallida? - Centris pallida Centris rhodopus? - Centris rhodopus
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