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Subgenus Paracentris, Oil-Diggers and Desert-Diggers

Bee - Centris caesalpiniae - female Centris sp ID confirmation - Centris rhodopus Centris sp? - Centris The Pale Bee (ventral legs) - Centris pallida - female Centris sp. - Centris - female Centris? - Centris sleeping or moribund bee - Centris rhodopus Large, unfamiliar bee-Protoxaea? - Centris caesalpiniae
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, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Centridini (Centridine Bees)
Genus Centris (Oil-Diggers, Desert-Diggers)
No Taxon Subgenus Paracentris, Oil-Diggers and Desert-Diggers
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
A subset of species, mostly found in deserts, that do not collect oil were formerly recognized as a separate subgenus Xerocentris
Numbers
16 spp. in our area, 45 spp. total(1)
Range
Neotropics north to so. US (FL-KS-CA)(1)
Habitat
dry and warm areas, also moist tropical habitats(2)
Food
Pollen and nectar, especially of Palo Verde (Cercidium spp.)