Megachilidae


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Related to Megachilidae: Apidae, Andrenidae, Halictidae, Tenthredinidae, Sphecidae, Chrysididae, Colletidae, Siricidae

Megachilidae

[‚meg·ə′kil·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The leaf-cutting bees, a family of hymenopteran insects in the superfamily Apoidea.

Megachilidae

 

(leaf-cutting bees and their allies), a family of insects of the order Hymenoptera. Unlike other bees, megachilids have a special pollen-collecting apparatus in the form of a dense brush of hairs on the lower abdomen. The females build their nests in the ground or in the hollow stalks of plants. The burrow is lined and partitioned into several cells with oval pieces of leaves, which the bees have cut with their jaws and have joined together with sticky secretions. A supply of food, consisting of a mixture of nectar and pollen, is placed in each cell, and then an egg is laid. Megachilids pollinate many plants. They cause some damage to leaves, however.

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Orchard Year Family Genera "La 2010 Megachilidae Trachusa Concepcion" Megachile Anthidium Halictidae Augochlorella 2011 Megachilidae Trachusa Heriades Megachile Anthidium Osmia Halictidae Augochlorella Halictus Augochlora Crabronidae Crabro Apidae Xylocopa Bombus Vespidae Parancistrocerus Ancistrocerus Vespula Sphecidae Chlorion Sphex Ammophila Bicyrtes Pompilidae Pepsis Dipogon Scoliidae Triscolia "San Martin" 2010 Halictidae Augochlora Lasioglossum Megachilidae Trachusa Anthidium Crabronidae Crabro 2011 Megachilidae Trachusa Heriades Megachile Anthidium Halictidae Augochlora Vespidae Ancistrocerus Vespula Orchard Species Number of Specimens "La sp.
Especially conspicuous are male Hymenoptera patrolling a series of inflorescences for females, including species of Tiphiidae, Scoliidae, Vespidae, Colletidae, Halictidae and Megachilidae.
Larval hosts include immatures of Apoidea, particularly Anthophoridae, Megachilidae, Halictidae, and Colletidae (Pinto & Bologna 1999; Bologna & Pinto 2002).