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Subsection Divider Page
The book is divided into subsections by bee genus or bee tribe, e.g. "bumble bees,"  "chimney bees," etc. This is the subsection divider for the tribe Emphorini (chimney bees).

Chimney Bees 

A crooked-legged bee (Ancyloscelis apiformis) entering an alamo vine blossom

Chimney bees belong to the tribe Emphorini, within the family Apidae.  They are hairy bees, robustly-built, with abdomens that are striped with pale bands or covered entirely with pale hairs.  Male chimney bees tend to have short antennae, a trait that sets them apart from males of similar bee tribes.  The name “chimney bee” derives from the fact that many bees of the tribe Emphorini build small turrets or chimneys at the entrances to their nests.


Chimney bees are found only in the Western Hemisphere.  Within Texas, chimney bees divide into four groups:  Melitoma, a genus of long-legged bees associated with vines of the morning-glory family; Anycyloscelis or crooked-legged bees; Diadasia, sometimes referred to as cactus bees or mallow bees; and Ptilothrix or hibiscus bees.

Chimney bees are frequently pollinator specialists that show a strong preference for one type of plant or group of plants.  Some, however, particularly those within the genus Diadasia, are generalist pollinators that visit a wide array of plants.

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