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Subtribe Perditina - Fairy and Goblin Bees

Bee - Perdita sexmaculata - female unknown bee on Cosmos - Perdita (Cockerellia) - Perdita - female Hymenopteran on Weed's Mariposa - Perdita - male Perdita calochorti - female Perdita native bees in Calochortus - Perdita Bee ~5mm - Macrotera - female Perdita - female
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 (Apoidea (clade Anthophila) - Bees)
Family Andrenidae (Miner, Fairy, Allied Panurgine, and Oxaeine Bees)
Subfamily Panurginae (Panurgine Bees)
Tribe Panurgini (Fairy Bees and Allies)
Subtribe Perditina (Fairy and Goblin Bees)
Other Common Names
Perditine bees
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Usually classified as a tribe but has been reduced to subtribal status within Panurgini in some recent classifications. Macrotera was until recently included in Perdita.
2 genera, with >550 spp. in our area and ~670 spp. total (all but ~30 spp. are in Perdita)(1)
nearctic; Perdita is transcontinental and ranges well into Canada, Macrotera is western and only goes as far north as ND(1)
Print References
Danforth, B. N. 1996. Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of the Perdita subgenera Macrotera, Macroteropsis, Macroterella and Cockerellula (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 55: 635-692.