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Species Megachile montivaga - Silver-tailed Petalcutter

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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 Megachilini
Genus Megachile (Leafcutter, Resin, and Mortar Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Megachile)
Species montivaga (Silver-tailed Petalcutter)
Explanation of Names
Author: Cresson, 1878. Common name refers to its habit of constructing nests with petals rather than leaves.
Size
Female: 11-13 mm. Male: 9-11 mm.
Range
California to Nova Scotia, south to Mexico, Illinois and North Carolina. Discover Life Map.
Season
June to September.
Food
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.
Remarks
It collects petals, rather than leaves, for nest building.
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