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For the United States & Canada

Tribe Melectini - digger-bee-cuckoos

Xeromelecta? - Xeromelecta interrupta Xylocopa tabaniformis? - Melecta separata bee in thistle - Xeromelecta larreae Melecta Halictid Nomiiae? - Xeromelecta californica - male Triepeolus sp.? - Xeromelecta californica - female Xeromelecta californica? - Xeromelecta californica - male 231 - Melecta
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 Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Melectini (digger-bee-cuckoos)
Numbers
10 spp. in 3 genera in our area, 184 spp. in 8 genera worldwide(1)
Identification
The thorax has an abrupt hump on it as shown below. (2)
Range
predominantly Old World group, feebly represented in NA (mostly the US & 3 spp. in West Indies, but none south of the US border)(1)
Remarks
Cleptoparasites of Anthophorini bees