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Subgenus Melanosmia

Bee ID Request - Osmia bucephala - male Osmia pumila? - Osmia pumila - female A Puzzle & An Embarassment - Osmia RSABG B3 - Osmia Osmia dakotensis - female Small Mason Bee - Osmia pumila - female Osmia (perhaps) on Aletris farinosa - Osmia distincta Osmia mason bee on penstemon - Osmia - female
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 Osmiini
Genus Osmia (Mason Bees)
No Taxon Subgenus Melanosmia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes, among others, the subgenus Chenosmia.
>100 spp. in our area, ~120 spp. worldwide(1)
much of NA and the Holarctic in general(1)
The subgenus Melanosmia is used here in a broad sense (see discussion in (2))