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Genus Xenoglossa - Large Squash Bee

Pollinator Large Squash Bee at Peters Canyon - Xenoglossa strenua - male Large Squash Bee at Peters Canyon - Xenoglossa strenua - male Apidae  - Xenoglossa strenua - male Xenoglossa sp - Xenoglossa - male Melissodes agilis ? - Xenoglossa strenua - female Large Squash Bee - Xenoglossa Squash blossom bee - Xenoglossa kansensis
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 Eucerini (Long-horned Bees)
Genus Xenoglossa (Large Squash Bee)
5 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area, 7 spp. in 2 subgenera total(1)
Robust and hairy. Clypeus is mostly yellow in males; predominantly black in females.
nearctic (US to Costa Rica: map)(1)
Collects pollen only from Cucurbita
Females visit Cucurbita flowers in the early morning; males continue their visits until later and they often become trapped inside the wilting blossoms during the rest of the day and perhaps during the night.
Print References
Hurd, P.D., Jr., and E.G. Linsley (1964) The squash and gourd bees Peponapis Robertson and Xenoglossa Smith inhabiting America north of Mexico. Hilgardia 35: 373-477.