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

Species Anthophora californica - California Digger

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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 (Digger Bees)
Genus Anthophora (Diggers)
No Taxon (Subgenus Anthophoroides)
Species californica (California Digger)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anthophora tarsata_homonym Sichel, 1869
Anthophora quinquefasciata Provancher, 1895
Anthophora tarsata subtarsata Cockerell, 1904
Anthophora texana Cresson, 1872
Podalirius doursii Dalla Torre, 1896
Anthophora erysimi Cockerell, 1937
Anthophora californica texana Cresson, 1872
Anthophora californica albomarginata Timberlake, 1937
Explanation of Names
Anthophora californica Cresson, 1869
White metasomal bands are integumental (vs. white hair bands in A. urbana)
Eye color in life usually greenish (vs. blue-gray in A. urbana)
Male with hind tibia red and modified, with a projection (vs. unmodified and whitish in color in A. urbana)
Scutum with hairs usually ran with fewer dark hairs intermixed than in A. urbana
In the Central USA see also the larger Anthophora walshii, and in western mountains compare with the large male of A. montana
sw US to C. Amer. - Map (Discover Life)
Visits flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.