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Genus Xenoglossa - Large Squash Bees

Pollinator Glad I stayed with this bee. - Xenoglossa strenua - male Large Squash Bee at Peters Canyon - Xenoglossa strenua - male Apidae  - Xenoglossa strenua - male Apidae - ? - Xenoglossa strenua - female Curved abdomen - Xenoglossa Xenoglossa? - Xenoglossa - male Xenoglossa strenua - 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 Apidae (Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees)
Subfamily Apinae (Honey, Bumble, Longhorn, Orchid, and Digger Bees)
Tribe Eucerini (Longhorn Bees)
Genus Xenoglossa (Large Squash Bees)
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.