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Species Perdita nasuta

Perdita nasuta - male Perdita nasuta - male Perdita nasuta - female Perdita nasuta - male - female
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 Andrenidae (Miner, Bare-miner, Fairy, and Oxaeine Bees)
Subfamily Panurginae (Panurgine Bees including Bare-Miner, Confluent-Miner, Fairy, and Calliopsine Bees)
Tribe Panurgini (Fairy and Confluent-Miner Bees)
Subtribe Perditina (Fairy Bees)
Genus Perdita
No Taxon (Subgenus Perdita)
Species nasuta (Perdita nasuta)
Explanation of Names
Species epithet "nasuta" refers to the modified clypeus of the male, reminiscent of having a large, projecting "nose".
Size
2-3 mm
Identification
Males are distinct from all other Perdita species in the shape of its projecting clypeus, which somewhat resembles a cartoonish duck beak.
Range
Primarily the American southwest and contiguous northern Mexico
Discover Life Global Mapper
Habitat
Xeric habitats
Food
Apparently an oligolege of Eriogonum species. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.