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Species Sphecodes confertus

Sweat Bee - Sphecodes confertus - female Sweat Bee - Sphecodes confertus - female Sweat Bee - Sphecodes confertus - 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 Halictidae (Sweat, Furrow, Nomiine, and Shortface Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae (Sweat and Furrow Bees)
Tribe Halictini
Genus Sphecodes (Blood Bees)
Species confertus (Sphecodes confertus)
Explanation of Names
Sphecodes confertus Say, 1837
Size
Female: Length 9mm(1)
Male: Length 7mm(1)
Identification
"sickle-shaped, elongate, simple mandibles, median groove (hairs within visible in image) of broad clypeus, broad head, and densely punctate scutum". Comment by John Ascher
Range
Nova Scotia, to Northern Manitoba, to Washington, to Texas. More common in the east.
Food
Recorded on Cirsium, Solidago, Melilotus. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Works Cited
1.Bees of the eastern United States
Mitchell T.B. 1962. Tech. Bull. (NC Agric. Exp. Sta.): No. 141 (538 pp.), 1960; and No. 152 (557 pp.).