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Preface:  Bees of the Texas Rio Grande Valley                                                                          1                                                                                      


Identifying Native Bees                                                                                                                        3

      How Bees Carry Pollen
      Bee Families and Bee Anatomy
      Rio Grande Valley Habitats and Bee Behavior  

 

Bee Guide                                                                                                                                                  25

                                                                                                                                                                       

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     Family Megachilidae:   Leafcutter Bees and their Kin                                                                   27

          Cactus wood-borer bees  (Lithurgopsis)
            Leafcutters  (Megachile)
           
Cuckoo Leafcutters  (Coelioxys)
            Mason bees (Osmia)
           
Resin bees  (Heriades)
 
                                       

         

     Family Apidae:  Bumblebees and Their Kin                                                                                    51
    
            Chimney Bees (Ancyloscelis, Diadasia, Melitoma and Ptilothrix
,           Anthophorula and Exomalopsis bees

          Digger and Oil-digger Bees (Anthophora and Centris)
            Long-horned bees (Eucera, Florilegus, Melissodes, Melissoptila and Svastra)
            Cuckoo bees (Epeolus, Triepeolus and Nomada)
           
Bumblebees (Bombus)

            Honey bees (Apis)

 

 
     Family Colletidae:  Cellophane, Masked and Feather-tongued Bees                                        151      
     
        
Cellophane bees (Colletes)
           
Masked bees (Hylaeus)
           
Feather-tongued bees (Ptiloglossa)

            Fork-tongued bees (Caupolicana)

   

     Family Halictidae:   Sweat Bees                                                                                                         161
 

           Green sweat bees (Augochlora, Augochloropsis, Augochlorella and Agapostemon)
           
Dark sweat bees and furrow bees (Halictus, Lasioglossum)
            Dieunomia and Nomia bees
            Blood bees (Sphecodes)
            

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     Family Andrenidae:  Mining Bees                                                                                            201

         
Mining bees (Andrena, Macrotera and Perdita)

     Family Melittidae:  Melittid bees                                                                                                      211


         Hairy-footed bees (Hesperapis)

 

 

APPENDIX:   Gardening for Native Texas Bees                                                                                 220

GLOSSARY:  Entomological Terms                                                                                                      250

REFERENCES                                                                                                                                           255

INDEX                                                                                                                                                        260

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