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Species Megachile chichimeca

Leafcutter Bee from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - female Leafcutter Bee from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - female Leafcutter Bee from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - female Leafcutter Bee from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - female Male leafcutter from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - male Male leafcutter from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - male Male leafcutter from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - male Male leafcutter from Tex/Mex border - Megachile chichimeca - male
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 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 and Resin Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Neomegachile)
Species chichimeca (Megachile chichimeca)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Megachile disparipennis Cockerell, 1917
Explanation of Names
Megachile (Neomegachile) chichimeca Cresson, 1878
Identification
According to references below, some hallmark traits of Megachile chichimeca are: it is small and slender; there are prominent tufts of white hairs located near the base of the bee’s wings; the back edge of the bee’s thorax is fringed with white hairs; the bee's wings are dusky near the back edges; females have a bump on the middle of the edge of the clypeus; males have three teeth on each jaw, with a wide middle tooth that is pointed on either side, so that it looks a little like two teeth; and the scopal hairs on the females' abdomens are white toward the front and rust-colored toward the back.
Range
s. TX to Panama - Map (Discover Life)
Life Cycle
male and female observed feeding together in s. TX on woolly croton (Croton capitatus, Euphorbiaceae) (BG data)
Print References
Cockerell, Wilmatte P. “Collecting Bees in Southern Texas.” Journal of the New York Entomological Society, vol. 25.3 (1917): 187–193 at 192). [Megachile chichimeca appears under the name Megachile disparipennis] (1)
Cresson, E. T. “Descriptions of new North American Hymenoptera in the collection of the American Entomological Society.” Transactions of the American Entomological Society, vol. 7 (1878): 61-136 at 97.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Collecting bees in southern Texas.
Cockerell, W.P. 1917. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 25(3): 187–193.