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Habropoda (Fabricius, 1804)
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Habropoda oraniensis, female
J. Devalez · 20
Habropoda oraniensis, female

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    Extracted from 2017 “Bees of Maryland: A Field Guide” http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/beesofmarylandbookversion1.pdf

    Can be locally common in open wooded areas with abundant blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) bushes, shows up sparingly elsewhere in early spring.

    Field Marks: ♀♂Robust, Bumble Bee-like in shape and color. Clypeus inflated, from side, it is as wide as eyes. Wings clear, not darkened. Head, top, flattened between compound eyes. Abdomen, long hair sparse and shiny black integument visible. ♀Hind tibia and basitarsus with pollen carrying of moderate length. Hairs longer on the hind tibia than the basitarsus and jet black. Forages mostly on blueberry and Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). ♂Antennae short, not extending much past the base of the wings if held backwards. Antennae all black. Clypeus bright white. Area between clypeus and eye with white marks, but the marks hug the edge of eye and appears as an uneven, narrow, vertical line.
    Flight Season: Early spring.
    Size Relative to Honey Bee: 1.5X.
    Position of Wings Feeding on Flowers Holds parallel to abdomen with flat side facing upwards, wings do not overlap.
    Location of Pollen Carrying Hairs: Hind tibia and basitarsus.
    Similar Genera: Bombus - During flight season, only queens are flying and these are much larger than Habropoda. ♀Hind tibia, flattened, wide and bare in center; carry large, noticeable mixed balls of pollen/nectar (rare species are parasitic and look like males). Habropoda never have large moist masses of pollen on their legs, pollen often hidden between hairs and carried dry. ♂Face entirely black though may have yellow hairs. Ptilothrix - No overlap in flight seasons. Xylocopa - Larger, wings smoky to dark brown, held out at 45° angle. Anthophora - ♂Head, area between clypeus and eye with more extensive yellow/white/pale integument. Antennae, first antennal segment (scape), most species with pale mark on outer face. A. abrupta and H. laboriosa are very similar looking. A. abrupta is out later (late May to June) vs. (mostly April to early May). Eucerini (Long-horned Bee Group) - ♀♂Only Eucera overlaps in flight season. Hind tibia and basitarsus have longer hair and hair of two segments equally long with no apparent break between the two. ♂Clypeus pale yellow to white with no pale markings between clypeus and eye. Antennal scape with no pale mark. Antennae very long extending well past base of hind wings when pulled back.
    Nest: Ground.
    Flowers: Blueberry (primarily) and sometime Eastern Redbud (unclear if this sustains Western Maryland populations).

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Habropoda depressa, female
© Copyright Celeste Ets-Hokin 2013 · 17
Habropoda depressa, female
Habropoda oraniensis, female
© Copyright Jelle Devalez 2012 · 10
Habropoda oraniensis, female

Habropoda oraniensis, female
© Copyright Jelle Devalez 2012 · 10
Habropoda oraniensis, female
Habropoda tarsata, male
© Copyright Gideon Pisanty 2011 · 9
Habropoda tarsata, male

Habropoda laboriosa, -male, -side 2012-06-08-14.16.05-ZS-PMax
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Habropoda laboriosa, -male, -side 2012-06-08-14.16.05-ZS-PMax
Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -back 2012-07-16-16.26.53-ZS-PMax
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Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -back 2012-07-16-16.26.53-ZS-PMax

Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -face 2012-07-16-16.33.52-ZS-PMax
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Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -face 2012-07-16-16.33.52-ZS-PMax
Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -side 2012-07-16-16.40.17-ZS-PMax
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Habropoda laboriosa, -female, -side 2012-07-16-16.40.17-ZS-PMax

Habropoda laboriosa, -unknown, -wing 2012-07-17-15.42.56-ZS-PMax
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Habropoda laboriosa, -unknown, -wing 2012-07-17-15.42.56-ZS-PMax
Habropoda laboriosa, Mid-Atlantic Phenology
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Habropoda laboriosa, Mid-Atlantic Phenology

Habropoda cineraria FEM mm - f
© Copyright Laurence Packer 2014 · 7
Habropoda cineraria FEM mm - f
Habropoda cineraria MALE mm - f
© Copyright Laurence Packer 2014 · 7
Habropoda cineraria MALE mm - f

Habropoda pallida, Pallid Habropoda
© Copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 · 6
Habropoda pallida, Pallid Habropoda
Habropoda tarsata
© Copyright John Ascher, 2006-2014 · 6
Habropoda tarsata
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Boraginaceae  Amsinckia @ I_JSA (1)
Brassicaceae  Caulanthus inflatus @ I_JSA (1)

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Habropoda sp.
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Habropoda sp.
Habropoda sp.
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Habropoda sp.
Habropoda sp.
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Habropoda sp.
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