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Genus Sphecodes - Blood Bees

Batch O' Bees #3 - Subtle Stripes - Sphecodes - female Bee - Halictidae? - Sphecodes - male Bee ID - Sphecodes davisii - male cuckoo bee - Sphecodes ranunculi - female Andrena (?) with red abdomen - Sphecodes - male Sphecodes bioblitz - Sphecodes Bee - Sphecodes - male Blood Bee - Sphecodes
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 Halictidae (Sweat, Furrow, Nomiine, and Shortface Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae (Sweat and Furrow Bees)
Tribe Halictini
Genus Sphecodes (Blood Bees)
Pronunciation
sfeck-OH-deez
Explanation of Names
Sphecodes Latreille 1804
Numbers
72 spp. in our area, ~350 total(1)
Identification
Females(2):
head and thorax often black, with the abdomen red
no pollen-collecting hairs
body very coarsely sculptured
Range
worldwide (map)(1)
Remarks
Cleptoparasites, usually of other Halictinae(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Ascher J.S., Pickering J. (2017) Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)
2.Bees of the eastern United States
Mitchell T.B. 1962. Tech. Bull. (NC Agric. Exp. Sta.): No. 141 (538 pp.), 1960; and No. 152 (557 pp.).
3.The Bees of the World, 2nd edition
Charles D. Michener. 2007. The Johns Hopkins University Press.