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Genus Peponapis - Squash Bees

Leafcutter bees on squash blossom. Genus Megachile? Megachile rotundata? - Peponapis Peponapis bee squash flower 1 of 2 - Peponapis pruinosa Squash Bee - Peponapis pruinosa - Peponapis pruinosa Bee - Peponapis pruinosa Unknown Bee  - Peponapis Squash Bee? - Peponapis pruinosa - male Peponapis pruinosa? in a squash flower - Peponapis pruinosa
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, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Eucerini (Longhorn Bees)
Genus Peponapis (Squash Bees)
Explanation of Names
Author: Robertson 1902
Numbers
6 spp. in 4 subgenera in our area, 13 spp. in 6 subgenera total(1)
Subgenera:
Peponapis: 2 spp. in our area, 7 spp. total(1)
Eopeponapis: 2 spp., both in our area(1)
Xenopeponapis: monotypic subgenus(1)
Xeropeponapis: monotypic subgenus(1)
Range
New World: throughout the US, se. Canada, south to Argentina (map)(1)
Habitat
associated with Cucurbitaceae; some live in deserts
Food
collect pollen only from Cucurbita (squash/pumpkins)
Remarks
these solitary ground nesting bees pollinate Cucurbitaceae more effectively than honeybees and line their brood cells with a waxlike material they secrete
Print References
(2)
Internet References
Overview by J. Cane
Works Cited
1.Ascher J.S., Pickering J. (2017) Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)
2.A scientific note on the first record of nesting sites of Peponapis crassidentata (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Oliverio Delgado-Carrillo, Martha Lopezaraika-Mikel, Lorena Ashworth, Ramiro Aquilar, Jorge A. Lobo, Mauricio Quesada. 2017. Apidologie 48:644-647.