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Megachilid bee - genus? - Megachile - female

Megachilid bee - genus? - Megachile - Female
Central, Florida, USA
July 2, 2004
I'm confident (fairly) on the family. I'm guessing its in the genus Megachile. Confirm?


can't ID to species, but possibly in the Chalicodoma group

more likely subgenus Sayapis
note host plant


Leafcutter bee
You are correct on the family, but the genus is harder to ascertain. If it is at least half an inch, it probably is Megachile. Smaller than that and it could be Megachile, Heriades, or Hoplitis:-) All members of the family share the ventral pollen brush (as opposed to the pollen "baskets" on the legs of other kinds of bees).

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