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Species Centris pallida - Pallid Desert-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, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Centridini (Centridine Bees)
Genus Centris (Oil-Diggers, Desert-Diggers)
No Taxon (Subgenus Paracentris, Oil-Diggers and Desert-Diggers)
Species pallida (Pallid Desert-Digger)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly placed in subgenus Xerocentris
Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known associations based on specimen records and images.
"puts on spectacular displays of mating behavior in the spring around nests in desert washes in Arizona" (Fact sheet)
Internet References