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Subgenus Melea

Anthophora possibly with white face on penstemon - Anthophora bomboides Bee in mud next colony - Anthophora abrupta Unknown Bee - Anthophora bomboides Bumblebee - Anthophora abrupta Anthophorine Bee - Anthophora abrupta Bee ID [=Anthophora bomboides?] Request - Anthophora abrupta Bee on Honeysuckle - Anthophora abrupta Anthophorine Bee - Anthophora abrupta
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, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Anthophorini (Anthophorine Bees)
Genus Anthophora
No Taxon Subgenus Melea
3 spp. in our area, 10 spp. total(1)
holarctic; in our area, A. bomboides is transcontinental and ranges into the Arctic, A. occidentalis is widespread west of the Mississippi River, and A. abrupta, mostly east of the Mississippi River, with some overlap in MO-AR; in Eurasia, one sp. is transpalaearctic + 6 spp. restricted to e. Asia(1)
"Species of this subgenus appear to be Bombus mimics and vary geographically in hair coloration, participating in mimetic complexes of Bombus. Melea is the subgenus of Anthophora whose nest burrows, commonly agregated, have downard entrance chimneys of hardened mud projecting from hard-clay nesting banks."(2)