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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Centris - Centris Bees

bee 19 - Centris Bee or possible Bee-like fly  ? - Centris nitida Centris rhodopus Centris rhodopsus - Centris rhodopus - female bee - Centris Red-legged Centris? - Centris rhodopus Red-legged Centris? - Centris rhodopus The Pale Bee (ventral legs) - Centris pallida - 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 Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Centridini (Centridine Bees)
Genus Centris (Centris Bees)
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