Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Genus Hesperapis

Hesperapis - female Hesperapis sp? in Desert Sunflower  - Hesperapis - male Bee - Hesperapis - male Anthophora pueblo? - Hesperapis Hesperapis sp.? - Hesperapis - female Andrenid bee? - Hesperapis Mason Bee - Hesperapis - male Lasioglossum? - Hesperapis
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 (Apoidea (clade Anthophila) - Bees)
Family Melittidae (Melittid Bees)
Subfamily Dasypodainae
Tribe Hesperapini
Genus Hesperapis
Explanation of Names
Hesperapis Cockerell 1898
from the Latin Hesperus ('evening star' or Venus as seen in the evening) + apis ('bee'). Although some species are active in the evening (atypical for bees), most members of the bee genus are diurnal as usual for bees.
Numbers
24 spp. in 7 subgenera in our area, 37 spp. in 8 subgenera total(1)
Subgenera not yet in the guide (all restricted to sw. US & n. Mexico):
Amblyapis: 5 spp., all in our area(1)
Disparapis: monotypic subgenus(1)
Hesperapis: 2 spp., both in our area(1)
Range
7 subgenera are nearctic (mostly w. US & Mexico), one is restricted to so. Africa (13 spp.) (map)(1)
Remarks
our only representative of the tribe Hesperapini (that contains one more genus of 9 spp. precinctive to sw. & c. Asia)(1)
Internet References