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Species Macropis nuda - Macropis nuda, Nude Yellow Loosestrife Bee

Macropis nuda - female Macropis nuda - male Oil bee - Macropis nuda - female Oil bee - Macropis nuda - female Oil bee - Macropis nuda - female Oil bee - Macropis nuda - male Oil bee - Macropis nuda - male
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 Melittidae (Melittid Bees)
Subfamily Melittinae
Tribe Macropidini
Genus Macropis (Yellow Loosestrife Bees)
Species nuda (Macropis nuda, Nude Yellow Loosestrife Bee)
Explanation of Names
Author: (Provancher, 1882)
Range
Colorado, Montana and southern Canada, east to New York, the New England states and Nova Scotia
Food
Recorded on flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Pollen specialist on Lysimachia L. (yellow loosestrife, Primulaceae)
Remarks
Somewhat painful sting - not quite as bad as a honey bee.
-Graham Montgomery (personal experience)
Print References
- Mitchell, T.B. 1960 Bees of the Eastern United States. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin No. 141.
- Rozen, J.G., Jr., and N.R. Jacobson. 1980. Biology and immature stages of Macropis nuda, including comparisons to related bees (Apoidea, Melittidae). American Museum Novitates 2702: 1–11. (pdf)
- Cane, J. H., G. C. Eickwort, F.R. Wesley, and J. Speilholz. 1983. Foraging, grooming, and mate-seeking behaviors of Macropis nuda (Hymenoptera, Melittidae) and use of Lysimachia ciliata (Primulaceae) oils in larval provisions and cell linings. American Midland Naturalist 110:257-264 (JSTOR)
- Denis Michez and Sébastien Patiny (2005). "World revision of the oil-collecting bee genus Macropis Panzer 1809 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Melittidae) with a description of a new species from Laos". Ann. Soc. entomol. Fr. 41 (1): 15–28.(pdf)
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