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Genus Melecta

Melectini? - Melecta Bee - Melecta Xylocopa tabaniformis? - Melecta separata Habropoda sp.? - Melecta separata Carpenter Bee? - Melecta sleeping bee - Melecta Xylocopa? - Melecta Cuckoo Bumble Bee? - Melecta
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)
Genus Melecta
6 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area, 55 spp. in 5 subgenera total(1)
Melecta: 5 spp. in our area, 55 spp. worldwide/total(1)
*Melectomimus: monotypic subgenus(1)
holarctic; in our area, the US + sw. Canada (map)(1)
Life Cycle
Cuckoo-bees, specialized brood parasites of Anthophora species.