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

Genus Macrotera

Macrotera 001 - Macrotera Bee 39 - Macrotera echinocacti - male - female black bee - Macrotera - male Macrotera Bees on Sphaeralcea - Macrotera latior Macrotera Lasioglossum - Macrotera Macrotera? - Macrotera
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 (Mining Bees)
Subfamily Panurginae
Tribe Panurgini
Subtribe Perditina
Genus Macrotera
Numbers
4 subgenera, with 23 spp. in our area and 31 spp. total(1)
Subgenera not yet in the guide:
Cockerellula: 9 spp. in our area, 13 spp. total(1)
Macrotera: 2 spp. in our area, 6 spp. total(1)
Macroterella: 6 spp., all in our area(1)
Range
w. US and Mexico (map)(1)
Food
Subgenera Cockerellula and Macrotera s. str. feed on Opuntia (prickly pear cactus).
Remarks
Danforth, B. N. 1996. Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of the Perdita subgenera Macrotera, Macroteropsis, Macroterella and Cockerellula (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 55: 635-692.