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Megachile Latreille
Life   Insecta   Hymenoptera   Apoidea   Megachilidae
Subgenera: Acentron, Aethomegachile, Amegachile, Anodonteutricharaea, Aporiochile, Argyropile, Austrochile, Austromegachile, Callomegachile, Callomegachile_sensu_lato, Carinula, Cesacongoa, Cestella, Chalepochile, Chalicodoma, Chalicodoma_sensu_lato, Chalicodomoides, Chelostomoda, Chelostomoides, Chrysosarus, Creightonella, Cressoniella, Dasymegachile, Dinavis, Eurymella, Eutricharaea, Eutricharaea_sensu_lato, Hackeriapis, Leptorachis, Litomegachile, Lophanthedon, Maximegachile, Megachile, Megachiloides, Megella, Melanosarus, Mitchellapis, Moureapis, Neglectella, Neochelynia, Phaenosarus, Pseudocentron, Pseudomegachile, Ptilosaroides, Ptilosarus, Rhodomegachile, Rhyssomegachile, Sayapis, Schizomegachile, Schrottkyapis, Stellenigris, Stenomegachile, Thaumatosoma, Trichurochile, Tylomegachile, Uncertain, Xanthosarus, Zonomegachile

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Megachile fidelis, female
© Copyright Celeste Ets-Hokin 2013 · 17
Megachile fidelis, female
Megachile perihirta, male
© Copyright Celeste Ets-Hokin 2013 · 15
Megachile perihirta, male

Megachile inimica sayi, Says Leaf-cutter Bee
© Copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 · 10
Megachile inimica sayi, Says Leaf-cutter Bee
Megachile centuncularis, male PaDIL
Laurence Packer · 10
Megachile centuncularis, male PaDIL

Megachile semirufa, female PaDIL
Laurence Packer · 10
Megachile semirufa, female PaDIL
Megachile communis, male AMNH BEE
Copyright Hadel Go 2014 · 10
Megachile communis, male AMNH BEE

Megachile saussurei, female AMNH BEE
Copyright Hadel Go 2014 · 10
Megachile saussurei, female AMNH BEE
Megachile montenegrensis, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile montenegrensis, female

Megachile lagopoda, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile lagopoda, female
Megachile pyrenaica, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile pyrenaica, female

Megachile manicata, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile manicata, female
Megachile melanopyga, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile melanopyga, female

Megachile parietina, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile parietina, female
Megachile sicula, female
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Megachile sicula, female
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Overview

The following material taken with permission from: Mitchell, T.B. 1962. Bees of the Eastern United States, Volume II. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Tech. Bul. No.152, 557 p.

Megachile is a cosmopolitan group of non-metallic, usually robust, black bees. The basal abdominal tergum is concave anteriorly, but not carinate. The posterior face of the propodeum and the metanotum are nearly perpendicular, with no dorsal pitted area. The scutellum is broad, its hind margin nearly straight, with rather large axillae which are not conspicuously protuberant and never acute. The pleura and tubercles lack carinae and the notaulices are linear. In the front wings both recurrent veins are received by the 2nd submarginal cell. The maxillary palpi are 3 segmented, while the mandibles are 3- to 5-dentate.

In the males the front coxae usually are spinose, and the front tarsi are often much dilated and modified. Tergum 6 is more or less vertical, usually with a subapical carina which forms the actual apex of the abdomen. Tergum 7 and the true apical margin of 6 are ventral in position. Sterna 1-4 commonly are exposed, 5-8 retracted and highly modified.

Typically these are leaf-cutters, the females cutting circular or oval pieces of leaves which are used as cell linings and caps. These cells are constructed in a variety of locations, many species nesting in the soil, sometimes gregariously, while others make their tunnels in rotting wood, or use borings or cavities in wood or in plant stems. One group of species, the subgenus Chelostomoides, does not cut leaves, but uses resin in the construction of the cells. This group appears to be related to other groups in other parts of the world, which have somewhat similar habits, and it is probable that these will eventually be separated from Megachile as a distinct genus.


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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Asteraceae  Centaurea @ I_JSA (1)
Fabaceae  Psorothamnus scoparius @ I_JSA (2)
_  Asteraceae @ I_JSA (7)

Ecinacea augustifolia @ I_LKD (1)

Fabaceae @ I_JSA (3)

rudbeckia lanciniata @ I_LKD (1)

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Megachile sp.
Megachile sp.
Leafcutter Bee
ID: 0000 0000 0807 1302 [detail]
© 2007 Dave Mangham/www.wildlifephotos.org.uk

Megachile sp.
Megachile sp.
Leafcutter Bee
ID: 0000 0000 0709 1886 [detail]
© 2009 Dave Mangham/www.wildlifephotos.org.uk

Megachile sp.
Megachile sp.
Leafcutter Bee
ID: 0000 0000 0711 0717 [detail]
© 2011 Enderlei Dec

Megachile sp.
Megachile sp.
ID: 0000 0000 0117 1433 [detail]
© 2017 Henk Wallays

Megachile sp.
Megachile sp.
ID: 0000 0000 0117 1434 [detail]
© 2017 Henk Wallays

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