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Species Megachile mendica - Flat-tailed Leaf-cutter Bee

Leaf-cutting Bee - Megachile mendica - female Leaf-cutting Bee (Megachile mendica) - Megachile mendica - female Megachilidae, larval leaf cells - Megachile mendica - male Megachile - Megachile mendica unknown - Megachile mendica Bee - Megachile mendica Male Leafcutter Bee - Megachile mendica - male megachile mendica or brevis male - Megachile mendica - male
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 Megachilidae (Leafcutter, Mason, and Resin Bees, and allies)
Subfamily Megachilinae
Tribe Megachilini
Genus Megachile (Leafcutter, Resin, and Mortar Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Litomegachile)
Species mendica (Flat-tailed Leaf-cutter Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megachile mendica Cresson 1878
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet mendica is Latin, meaning poor, or "a beggar" (1). Common name refers to flat profile of female T6.
Widely distributed in the United States, occurring from coast to coast, and from Maine to Florida in the East.
It is in flight throughout the season.
The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Life Cycle
Print References
Borror, entry for root mendic (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.