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Species Coelioxys coturnix - Red-tipped Cuckoo-leaf-cutter

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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 Megachilidae (Leafcutter, Mason, and Resin Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Megachilini
Genus Coelioxys (Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Allocoelioxys)
Species coturnix (Red-tipped Cuckoo-leaf-cutter)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coelioxys taurus Nurse, 1902; Coelioxys ruficaudis Cameron, 1913
Explanation of Names
Author: PĂ©rez, 1884. Common name is based on a distinctive character and the specific epithet of a junior synonym ruficaudis, but with added precision (the tip of the tail is red, not the entire thing).
Maryland, Pennsylvania
Observed on Mentha spicata (ref.) and Achillea millefolium (ref.)
Life Cycle
Cleptoparasite of Megachile minutissima based on studies of nests in Egypt (Rozen, JG & Kamel, SM)
Non native, from Europe, where it is rather uncommon. Introduced very recently.
Print References
Hospicidal behavior of the cleptoparasitic bee Coelioxys (Allocoelioxys) coturnix, including descriptions of its larval instars (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae). American Museum novitates, no. 3636.
Rozen, Jerome George, 1928-; Kamel, Soliman M. (New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History., 2008)
Internet References
Hospicidal Behavior by Rozen, Jerome George & Kamel, Soliman M.