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Genus Sphecodes - Blood Bees

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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 Halictidae (Sweat, Furrow, Nomiine, and Shortface Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae (Sweat and Furrow Bees)
Tribe Halictini
Genus Sphecodes (Blood Bees)
Pronunciation
sfeck-OH-deez
Numbers
72 spp. in our area, >300 spp. worldwide(1)
Identification
Females(2):
Often (but not always) head and thorax black, with the abdomen red.
No pollen collecting hairs.
Body very coarsely sculptured.
Range
worldwide (map)(1)
Remarks
Cleptoparasites, usually of other Halictinae(3)
See Also
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.