Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bees of the Week: genus Coelioxys

Scientific name: Coelioxys Common name: Leaf-cutting cuckoo bee Family: Megachilidae Nest type: parasitize active nests of Megachile Size: 8-12 mm Nest tunnels used: 3/16″ to 7/16″ Looks like: black with white hair stripes; legs maybe black or red; females always have a long, … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: genus Megachile

Scientific name: Megachile Common name: Leaf-cutting bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: Leaf or Petal pieces; Chewed Leaves Size: 3/8″ to 1″ long Nest tunnels used: 3/16″ to 7/16″ Looks like: varies, but generally black with white hair stripes If the … Continue reading

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Bees of the Week: species from the genus Hoplitis

Scientific name: Hoplitis (Hoplitis fulgida, Hoplitis albifrons, Hoplitis spoliata) Common name: Mason bees Family: Megachilidae Nest type: Chewed leaves with pebbles cemented into the mixture Size: 3/8″ to 1/2″ (elongate) Nest tunnels used: 3/16” to 1/4” Looks like: H. fulgida is metallic blue-green; H. albifrons … Continue reading

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