Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Hesperapis - Hesperapis, Evening Bees

Hesperapis sp  - Hesperapis Something near Ashmeadiella? - Hesperapis Bee with broken antenna - Hesperapis - male Bee with broken antenna - Hesperapis Hesperapis fuchsi in Camissoniopsis bistorta - Hesperapis fuchsi - male Desert bee - Hesperapis Bee - Hesperapis - male Desert bee - Hesperapis
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 Melittidae (Melittid Bees)
Subfamily Dasypodainae (Hairy-footed Bees)
Tribe Hesperapini
Genus Hesperapis (Hesperapis, Evening Bees)
Explanation of Names
Hesperapis Cockerell 1898

The name means "evening bee", referencing Hesperus the Evening Star, although most members of the bee genus are diurnal as usual for bees
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)
7 subgenera are nearctic (mostly w. US & Mexico), one is restricted to so. Africa (13 spp.) (map)(1)
our only representative of the tribe Hesperapini (that contains one more genus of 9 spp. precinctive to sw. & c. Asia)(1)
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