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Genus Hexepeolus

Hexepeolus - Hexepeolus rhodogyne - male Hexepeolus - Hexepeolus rhodogyne - male Hexepeolus - Hexepeolus rhodogyne - male Hexepeolus - Hexepeolus rhodogyne - male Visitor to bees in communal nest - Hexepeolus rhodogyne Visitor to bees in communal nest - Hexepeolus rhodogyne Bee - Hexepeolus rhodogyne
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 Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Nomadinae (Cuckoo Bees)
Tribe Hexepeolini
Genus Hexepeolus
Explanation of Names
Hexepeolus Linsley & Michener 1937
Numbers
monotypic genus(1)
Identification
Abdomen usually red (sometimes largely black) with white hair bands.
Range
sw. US & nw. Mexico (map)(1)
Habitat
Desert and xeric chaparral
Season
Spring
Food
Visits various plants for nectar including creosote bush
Life Cycle
cleptoparasites of Ancylandrena (Rozen 1994)
Print References
Rozen J.G. (1994) Biologies of the bee genera Ancylandrena (Andrenidae: Andreninae) and Hexepeolus (Apidae: Nomadinae) and phylogenetic relationships of Ancylandrena based on its mature larva (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). American Museum Novitates 3108: 1-19. (Full text)